Recently my caregiver stopped growing. I contacted a couple dispensaries in the area to see what 'recommended donations' would be. To my horror, I have found that they all charge as much or more than those doing it totally illegally. How is it that criminals and street dealers charge for example $10 a gram, making large profits... and then these co-ops claim they are helping the community, only volunteering or taking donations to cover their expenses? Dispensaries have an economy of scale, and the law on their side, so they can easily get rich charging half that... and yet they still want to make more money!? If grown outdoors, MMJ is basically FREE. Grown indoors, it costs less than $2 a gram. If a patient needed 3.3 grams a day, she would be giving these charitable, volunteer, non-profit organizations $1000 a month! WTF?