It is one of the last of its kind in the world and is a true symbol of the ancient and progressive values of our country. It is a miracle that the cannabis plant has survived centuries of pharmacological abuse, as it has been proven to be highly effective in treating certain serious ailments like cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma and many more. There is no doubt that cannabis cures a lot of illnesses, but it also creates several negative side effects.
With a population of 20 million people suffering from some form of chronic or incurable ailment, there are many people who cannot get rid of their addictions to prescription drugs. This means that the Santa Barbara dispensary is required to set aside a significant amount of its budget every year towards researching and implementing new medical marijuana programs. Due to lack of sufficient funding, the organization has had to scale down many of its projects. Some were forced to close down while others were redirected to other priorities. However, the main administrative offices continue to operate and provide useful services to hundreds of registered patients every year.
Despite the negative public perception towards marijuana, the Santa Barbara Dispensary has managed to overcome all these negative impressions due to consistent and transparent government policies regarding the plant. Even though the federal government has banned the cultivation, sale, and possession of this plant, the dispensaries carry out their duties with complete dedication and professionalism. These institutions serve as a support system to the marijuana users because they are able to offer them the right advice and information regarding the dangers associated with cannabis use. The dispensary systematically educates the patients about the ill effects of cannabis on their bodies. Patients are also encouraged to undergo treatment through the use of medical marijuana rather than buying the drug from street vendors. They are also offered information regarding hemp oil, which can significantly reduce pain and inflammation caused by diseases like arthritis and HIV/AIDS.
A number of non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County conduct a program called “Hemp Schools” that aims at educating kids and teenagers about hemp and its important contributions to society.
The Santa Barbara dispensary also runs classes that educate housewives, parents, teens, and people in general about the plant. They are taught about the various ways in which marijuana can harm their bodies. Moreover, they are also taught about the lack of evidence that supports the view that cannabis is safe. The dispensary emphasizes the importance of maintaining a clean cannabis user’s area so that children are not exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke.Classes are often organized by volunteers who come from different areas around the country. In addition, some of these schools are run by students who wish to share their experiences with fellow students in a similar situation. This initiative has proved to be quite popular since students tend to learn a lot about hemp. As a result, they are less likely to turn to drugs.
The Santa Barbara Dispensary maintains three locations; in addition to the two main ones located in Santa Barbara city and the harbor area. These locations serve a variety of patients who range from those with only minor cannabis dependence to chronic or long-term users who are convinced that this plant helps them recover. Most of the Dispensaries encourage patients to test their knowledge by enrolling in a program for “hippies” (in contrast to regular drug rehab programs, which discourage enrollees from using cannabis).