Encanto dispensary, which has one of the largest indoor medical marijuana grows in Arizona at 30,000 sq. ft., is performing scientific tests on its marijuana in an effort to improve the quality while reducing the cost of their medicine for patients.
The Phoenix dispensary serves about 13,000 patients annually, and would serve even more if the cost for medical marijuana cards was reduced by the state, according to ABC 15 News. Bill Brothers from Encanto is unhappy with the annual cost patients have to pay for medical marijuana cards. He’d like to see the cost reduced or made free of charge.
Brothers said, “The science is a big part of what we’re doing, and that’s the big part that’s not been researched in the United States.” He continued saying, “Why do the cards cost $150 each and every year for a patient. What other medicine in the U.S. requires a patient to pay the state for the right to use it?”
Encanto is working to maintain supply with demand. At the start of 2017, it had 75 employees, and by year’s end they’re expecting to double their staff.
Brothers said, “At the end of the day you have to ask your question – Who do you serve? And we serve patients.”