hopes to be the Amazon of Cannabis’ in places such as ND
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As medical marijuana
legalization expands in North Dakota, some national companies are already
looking at working with dispensaries.
An army veteran, owner
and founder Socrates Rosenfeld who also flew and commanded planes during the
Iraq war said that one of such group hopes to be the Amazon of Cannabis
After struggling to
find peace for and feeling isolated from people that he loved after his service and seven years in the Army,
Rosenfeld’s wife offered him an option he had been conditioned to oppose due to
years in the military and the social stigma associated to it.
Rosenfeld discovered that
medicinal marijuana helped him mentally,
physically and spiritually
He said he came across
countless fellow veterans who sought access to safe and regulated cannabis that
could help them deal with the stress that was associated with post war.
Rosenfeld felt that
the fellow veterans were close and dear to him that’s why he wanted to pursue
He partnered with his brother
and other classmates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build Jane
Technologies, an online marketplace that allowed customers to search local
dispensaries’ menu items, compare prices and products with other state
dispensaries and then order or reserves those items for in-store pickup or
H said that trying to Imagine
waking up in the middle of the night and drive to a store only to find what you
want is not available, that’s the reason he is using the Amazon model to offer
his online services which he charges only 1$ per order to dispensaries
What makes the
difference with Amazon is that they are not taking business away retail stores
or local dispensaries since they only provide online help for them.
He further said that
unlike Amazon dispensaries cannot deliver in all states or make usage of US
mail since, use, sale, possession, cultivation and transport of marijuana illegal
under federal law
He said he would like
to work with North Dakota dispensaries, which would face only a minimal cost to
use Jane Technologies system.
“It will be a win-win
for customers and stores using this new way of shopping,” Rosenfeld said.
In North Dakota competition
will be hard on who will grow and sell medical marijuana, according to Jason
Wahl, the interim director of the North Dakota Department of Health’s medical
The state Legislature permitted
only two growing facilities apart from the eight dispensaries earlier this year
So far, more than 115
groups and companies have submitted letters of intent to apply to be a
manufacturer or dispensary. Wahl said that they have not yet determined the
location of the dispensaries completely. The next step in the process will be next
month when public hearings will be held at six cities around the state by the
health department to get public opinion on 50 pages of proposed rules that are
available online on the health department’s website. The hearings will be in Bullecourt,
Williston, Bismarck, and Minot among others.
One of the rules that
were proposed allows deliveries of marijuana to patients which would fit into
Rosenfeld’s plan to help patients get product more easily.
Wahl said being a
rural state with the long distances it is only fair to add it in the proposed
rules. He said that the rules have restrictions and they require those with
registered cards for medical marijuana to accept the product.
Wahl said that he
accepts the criticism about medical marijuana prolonged process of getting the
regulations in place but said that the department would have been wasting its
time and resources if they would have started working on the rules before the
law was approved by the legislature on April 18.
They aren’t expected
to get the recreational medical marijuana program in his home state of
Massachusett. The program is going until next July 1 after the voters approved
it last fall. California begins its recreation program on Jan. 1 after approval
last fall. Majority of the states has legalized medical marijuana.
Santa Cruz California where Rosenfeld’s
company is situated is already working with about 120 dispensaries in five of