As delicious baked snacks go, Gardetto’s are a risky proposition for the uninitiated. Who knows how first-timers’ bodies might handle the flavorful symphony of rye crisps, mini pretzels, and those little breadstick thingies?
But put ‘em on sale and curious snackers might turn to God’s party mix for the first time to cure their rumbling tummies.
Now Minnesota’s medical weed makers are applying the Gardetto’s theory to their unsmokable cheeba.
The first hit might not be free, but Minnesota Medical Solutions announced Thursday that it’s slashing its prices for newbies.
“We wanted the discount to help offset the costs of program registration, then also to reassure people that they can try this and see if it’s a fit for them at a very affordable price point,” CEO Kyle Kingsley says. “We just want to get more patients to try it.”
C’mon. All the cool kids with hep C are doing it.
Throughout October, the legit weed dealer will give patients half off all medications they buy during their first visit. Minnesota Medical Solutions will also launch an ongoing loyalty program for existing patients. Patients earn redeemable points for past purchases, which can be cashed in for future discounts — so the more you buy, the more you save!
News of the low, low prices follows a 15 percent price cut LeafLine Labs, Minnesota’s other medicinal dope man, announced this week for patients buying a month’s supply.
Kingsley says most patients spend less than $200 a month on weed treatment, which is cheaper than the going rate for an ounce on the street. For children suffering with seizures, however, costs can run around $1,000 per month.
While Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is still in its infancy, enrollment was sluggish when it launched in July, as patients struggled to find doctors to certify them. Nearly three months later, Kingsley says Minnesota Medical Solutions’ 300-plus patients are more in line with its projections. “It always takes time for these programs to move ahead,” he says.
As a guy who’s obviously invested in the industry, Kingsley says Minnesota’s weed experiment is really working out. However, some patients have reportedly returned to buying their cancer-treating dankness on the street due to the cost of the legal stuff, which is not covered by insurance.
“There’s always going to be a few patients in that category,” he says. “Some folks are used to their system and any change is going to be a problem.”
As more patients enroll in the jointless program, Kingsley foresees costs continuing to shrink. In the meantime, this weedy fire sale means more money for prepackaged salty treats, which could come in handy while baked and not having a seizure.