Via theleafonline.com Harvest, a national medical marijuana operator, has merged with Modern Flower, a leading Arizona cultivator and wholesale cannabis supplier, making it the largest cannabis supply operation in the state. The merger gives the company more dispensary licenses and cultivation facilities than any other provider in Arizona. Americans for Safe Access is working to make cannabis available to all who need it as medicine. Harvest is one of only a handful of facilities in the United States to earn the Americans for Safe Access Patient Focused Certification for retail, cultivation and manufacturing of medical cannabis. Its offerings include cannabis flower and oil, along with Dream Steam vaporizer pens which promote the safe inhalation of medical cannabis. “Since we opened our first dispensary in Tempe four years ago, Harvest has grown in a manner that directly benefits patients,” said Steve White, CEO of Harvest. “This merger allows Harvest to meet the demand from an increasing number of seriously ill patients who are turning to medicinal cannabis to confront a variety of illnesses, from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.” A model in the cannabis industry, he said the company holds itself to the most stringent health, safety and quality standards in the industry when it comes to the growth, production and sale of cannabis medicines. It is committed to helping qualified medical marijuana patients who suffer from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Harvest is a national medical cannabis company that was founded by a business-litigation attorney in 2011. The company currently has dispensary, cultivation, and production licenses in Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Pennsylvania, and plans to expand its reach into more states across the country. The Arizona merger will bring six additional dispensary licenses plus an 18,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Cottonwood. Harvest has dispensaries in Tempe and Scottsdale, a 12,000-square-foot indoor garden in Bellemont, a 35,000-square-foot facility and 3.3 acres of outdoor cultivation space in Camp Verde AZ. That site features a fully-automated greenhouse with a building management system that senses and manages the environment. As a result of this merger, Harvest’s total Arizona-based workforce is expected to grow to more than 200 employees by the end of 2017. The company plans to open several new dispensaries, including another dispensary in Tempe as early as August. Additional dispensaries are planned for Phoenix, Tucson, Tolleson and Cottonwood. “What I find particularly exciting about this merger is the growth of our Harvest team,” said White. “We have an incredibly-engaged group of team members who are passionately committed to the care of our patients. You can easily see that energy, that genuine desire to improve patients’ lives, in every aspect of our company, from our cultivation to our dispensaries. It’s something that truly differentiates Harvest, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with more patients.” “Harvest has a like-minded commitment to high-quality products, and a well-defined corporate and social mission,” said Jason Vedadi, Founder of Modern Flower, who will join the Harvest team as President, leading Harvest’s expansion initiative. “The merger means enhanced product offerings and more options for people seeking relief from battling painful medical conditions and debilitating diseases.” While patients who visit Harvest’s dispensaries represent a broad cross-section of the U.S. population, most of them have one thing in common: a serious illness. Terminal cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and debilitating or chronic pain are among the top conditions that many qualified medical marijuana patients have. To ensure sound manufacturing practices and patient-focused standards, Harvest invited Americans for Safe Access to inspect its facilities, audit its policies and procedures, and augment its training programs. Since its inception, Harvest has donated more than $300,000 to Veterans, Seniors, patients-in-need, and charitable organizations that include the American Cancer Society, Bosom Buddies, Ryan House, Climb to Conquer Cancer, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. The company also operates a 501(c)(3) organization called Harvesting Hope, which was established in 2014 to provide a better quality of life for young children suffering from pediatric epilepsy. To date, Harvesting Hope has provided services to more than 100 families and their children, including guidance on cannabis use for seizure control, educational seminars and discussions, and introductions to medical specialists. Harvesting Hope has also raised money to send children to Camp Candlelight, a camp for children with epilepsy.