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Aari Ruben, 37, was born in Madison, WI and raised on a family ranch in Sonoita, AZ.   Aari graduated from St. Gregory College Prep in Tucson in 1995 and went on to study Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmacogenetics from 2004-2006 at the University of Arizona. Beginning in 1995, Mr. Ruben worked at Shaman Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco as a Lab Technician where he conducted plant-based pharmaceutical research and development.

He later served as an Administrator for Healthcare Southwest Inc. in a mental health and pain management group in 1997 and continued his work there until July of 2013, when he proudly opened his first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary, Desert Bloom Re-Leaf Center in Tucson. As a fierce advocate for marijuana legalization, drug policy reform, and human rights, Aari is proud to be able to provide safer medicine to patients who are in need. He is the proud father of three daughters ages 17,15 and 9. He enjoys travel, dining, golf, swimming and his dog.



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