Bring Dispensaries to Oceanside

It’s hard to believe that 22 years after Californian’s passed Prop 215, making cannabis legal for medicinal use, that we still can’t get access to a legal local dispensary. You can make a positive difference and help to bring state legal, professional cannabis dispensing to Oceanside.

Did you Know? Oceanside voted for Cannabis businesses, but excluded access for the People?
On March 28, 2018, the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 to approve Ordinance 18-ORO199-1 which includes regulations for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and laboratory testing facilities of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Struck from the ordinance were retail dispensary or delivery operations, leaving residents of Oceanside and surrounding communities little hope for safe access to the legal market.

Your Voice Matters

On June 20th, in response to the phone calls, emails, post cards and in-person address by people like you, the Oceanside City Council voted to approve two legal delivery services for cannabis products within the city limits.  There is still much to be done to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis products for Oceanside, and you can  help.

What You Can Do

1) Residents of Oceanside and their friends and families who are registered voters may visit us anytime during the hours below to sign the Ballot Initiative to bring safe, legal access to cannabis products for all adults to Oceanside.
2) Any north county resident 21 or over may sign a postcard that will be delivered to the City Council members and their staff urging them to revise their existing ordinance now.

Swing by and see us during these hours:

Monday – Thursday 11am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

One Minute Cannabist is proud to be a founding members of the OASA

Oceanside Advocates for Safe Access (OASA) was formed to bring a unified local community voice for cannabis business owners, consumers and government officials. Formed by Oceanside for a Safer Community, Association of Cannabis Professionals, The One Minute Cannabist and 420 Central, OASA is committed to bringing safe and practical cannabis regulations, with an emphasis on safe access, to Oceanside and other north county cities. We provide advocacy, education and resources to the community, city officials and cannabis consumers to bridge the divide between safe access for adults and safety within the community. Learn more.




100 Studies: Cannabis Cures Cancer

Cannabis is a Schedule I drug in the United States. That means the government has designated the plant as having no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

No accepted medical use? There are scores of studies that say differently.

Read the full article and see the links to the studies.



Medical Cannabis: A Viable Option for Baby Boomers

A growing number of people over 50 are discovering or thinking about exploring medicinal cannabis as a viable alternative option for pain, sleep, arthritis, stress, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer or any other number of medical issues. Many have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s when many seniors may have last used cannabis, which was probably mostly recreational in nature.

While medicinal cannabis has been legal in California for two decades, it was largely unregulated and very often associated with street drug dealers who operate “pot shops”. This has made it very challenging to navigate the landscape for a location which is staffed with knowledgeable, professional and caring staff. Prop 64 made cannabis legal for adult use in California, but only 25% of the cities are allowing for it, which leaves 75% of the state without safe, professional access.

In addition, the stigma of cannabis use is largely associated with stoners, deadbeats and potheads. The reality is that much like the population of California, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most won’t admit it because of the stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or pop pills, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are changing.

Up until the 1940s when cannabis was made fully illegal and removed from the US Pharmacopoeia, it was among the top three prescribed remedies, administered primarily in a tincture form. When cannabis was made illegal primarily for reasons of greed and politics, the American Medical Association was blindsided and eventually forced to find other remedies for the hundreds of maladies for which cannabis has been previously prescribed to treat.

Today, baby boomers looking to re-engage or explore the world of medical cannabis for the first time in their life, face unique challenges. Not the least of which is to find a dispensary that is reputable, educated, offers quality products and, most importantly, has a patient and caring staff. The dispensary your kids or grand-kids use, may not be best suited for you. Here are a few areas to consider when choosing a dispensary:

Location, Location, Location
First and foremost, the location should be safe, clean, professional and easy to access. If you have to enter through the back alley or are not being greeted in a professional and responsible manner, this may not be the best place to obtain medicinal cannabis.

Knowledge and Experience of the Staff
If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep or alleviate chronic pain, having someone in their early twenties describe a product as being “dank” may not be the type of advice you need. Having someone explain the various therapies (smoking is not the only option today), provide guidance about products that have worked for others with similar conditions/complaints, best practices for using the products, as well as proper and clear dosing guidance is paramount to helping you achieve the results you seek.

Product Quality and Labeling
Where are the products coming from? How and where is the cannabis grown, where is it grown?  Is it organically grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers? Are packaged products, such as edibles or tinctures, wrapped professionally and properly labeled? At the very least, there should be a brand, product name, lab results, cannabinoid ratios and ingredients. If edible, nutritional information should also be listed. Prop 64 has new rule rolling out, but the industry won’t be in full compliance until July 1, 2018.

Bringing Along a Family Member or Friend
Make sure you are able to bring a trusted family member or friend with you. From the first visit to the doctor who recommends cannabis to a visit to your first dispensary, the information can be overwhelming. As you navigate this new world, it’s important to have some extra guidance and someone to act as a sounding board. Bringing along a family member or a trusted friend can help you better understand the various therapies and products.

Education and Social Programs
Find out if ancillary programs such as consulting, workshops or general sharing of information among the customer base available to you.

Learning about the new therapies, techniques, selecting the best products within a person’s comfort zone, and dosing is key to achieving desired results. All of this requires guidance from those experienced in these areas and who know how to communicate clearly with the baby boomer generation. Take the time to research, read reviews and ask questions before choosing a dispensary. It may take a few visits, but you’ll find the place that is best for you.


Did You Know: 1937

Prior to 1937 cannabis was among the top three remedies prescribed by the medical profession for hundreds of conditions. While reefer madness about the dread marijuana was spread through newspapers, film and radio, people had cannabis tinctures in their medicine cabinets and they, along with 160,000 practicing physicians did not realize that the word marijuana was being used to describe “cannabis”.

Until cannabis was made illegal through the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937, this giving plant had enjoyed a 5,000 year history as a therapeutic agent across many cultures.

In this context, its mere blip as an illicit and dangerous drug is dwarfed by its role as a medicine.