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Sweet Leaf Illusions | Oregon

 

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Collective Name: Sweet Leaf Illusions

Address: 8434 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, 97266

Website: facebook.com/sweetleafillusionspdx

What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?

We were
trying to figure out a name that no one else had. We didn’t want to do the same
thing that every other company has done. And so we came up with Sweet Leaf
Illusions, me and Ian, one of our employee budtenders here. And the next thing
we know, after we got our license, four days later, there were a whole bunch of
Sweet Leaf companies. I guess they liked the name too.

How has the cannabis industry changed since you
have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
I think the testing
companies should be held liable for their testing results. As it is now, if a
patient gets sick on a product that had been tested but still had contaminants,
it is the dispensary that is liable.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this
industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys?

Trusting the testing companies results that are coming out. They are saying that the
product is clean when you know that they haven’t tested for, probably, about 15
other pesticides. I want them to be in compliance, like dispensaries have to be
with the state. And have the state going after them to see that they are doing
their job, so they keep putting it all on the dispensary owner to verify that
the products are clean. Our biggest joy is really just helping the sick people
that come in. I can’t leave the patients I’ve gotten to know.

 

What is the one thing you want patients to know
about your dispensary?
I pretty much quiz all of our vendors to verify that their product is
clean. I only take the few vendors that test and I try to ensure that they are
the cleanest products you can get.

What is the most important thing you hope to
accomplish while in the MJ/MMJ community?

The state
needs to start doing inspections of the testing companies. They should spray
flowers with poisons and send them through (like a control test), to at least
verify that they are in compliance with the state law that the state put in,
that they are supposed to test for all pesticides. They need to find out that
they are not testing for pesticides that we all know have been around for
years.

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365 Recreational Cannabis

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365 Recreational Cannabis

17517 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline

www.365recreational.com

(206) 557-7778

 

Top-Selling Strain

Wedding Cake 

Top-Selling Concentrate

Oleum Extracts dabs and Buddies Brand cartridges 

Top-Selling Edible

Double Delicious Coconut Oil Capsules

 

How and when did your store start up?

We come from medical and opened 365 Recreational Cannabis on June 12, 2015, and have continued to enjoy every minute of watching our store and the industry grow. This month is our four-year anniversary!

 

What’s the story behind the name of your store?

We got our name 365 Recreational Cannabis from our commitment to serve the community quality products and service 365 days a year!

 

What does your store offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?

365 Recreational provides excellent service every day of the year. Half the staff started in medical, so we try to make sure that you are finding what you really need. If we don’t carry something, then we try to get that product in for you.

 

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?

There have been a lot of changes to the industry over the years. The prices have gone down, and the consumer base has become more knowledgeable. Instead of asking for the highest [amount of] THC, customers are realizing that different terpene profiles can make for a better experience. We would love to see the consumer base continuing to educate themselves and wanting transparency. It would be nice to see the demand for harvest dates and pesticides used from all companies.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a store? . . .  Biggest joys?

Some of the biggest challenges one faces in this industry is setting yourself apart. If everyone can sell the same thing, you must go the extra step to make sure the customers are always happy.

Some of the biggest joys are seeing the improvements in people when they find something that works for them. It’s amazing to see people walking again that haven’t been doing so for years or hearing the news that someone is in remission.

 

What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your store?

We always try to be educated on all products and provide an experience that is the best for you. If you have a lot of questions, we have people on staff that have been through courses and are armed with knowledge. If you would like a quick visit, we have an online ordering service that will have your products bagged and waiting for you to checkout.

 

If someone wanted to open a store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

If someone was opening a shop, I would advise them to always pay close attention to detail and stay up to date on all compliance measures. There are little tweaks and changes all the time, so knowing them and being on top of them will help you stay around.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?

We would love to be known as an honest, reliable company that remains part of the cannabis industry.

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Western Bud

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Western Bud

11401 Rainier Ave S., Seattle

 (206) 257-0663

www.westernbud.com

 

Top-Selling Strain: 

Any Cookie or Cake strains

 

Top-Selling Concentrate: 

Oleum Extracts’ sugar waxes

 

Top-Selling Edibles:

Marmas & Olala™ sodas

 

How and when did your store start up?

Our Seattle store opened last August. It’s our fourth Western Bud store, with more stores opening in Seattle this year.

 

What’s the story behind the name of your store?

From the very beginning it was important to us that we created a brand that had the look and feel of Pacific Northwest region, thus the name Western Bud. We’ve always believed cannabis can elevate life’s greatest moments, so providing our customers with a rich customer experience and diverse selection of product is something we want people to associate with our name.

 

What does your store offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?

We’re disruptors. Since day one, we pledged that Western Bud wouldn’t operate like all the others, and that we would shake things up in the industry by focusing on opportunities we see that others miss. From our $0 ATM fee, our 25 percent off student/senior discount to our seemingly endless deals and best daily happy hour in town, we’ve found unique angles in all aspects of our business. We’ve not only blazed our own trail, but also forced others to adopt some of our own hallmarks like our legendary Flash Sales or 40 percent off vendor events.

 

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?

With so much hyper-growth in our industry, it’s a constant effort to adapt to the laws of the [Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board] and the trends of products. Because it’s so competitive for retailers, there’s not a unified group willing to work together to improve the retail side of the industry.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a store? . . .  Biggest joys?

We operate in four different counties with different LCB officers in each, all of which interpret and enforce the laws inconsistently. Signage and branding is also a sore subject. We have two versions of our logo, one with a cannabis leaf, and one without that is used in public. We can spell out “cannabis” but can’t have a leaf visible to the public.

 

What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your store?

We’re not like everyone else. We do common things, uncommonly well. In our first year, we tendered $1 million plus in discounts, more than any store north of Seattle.

 

If someone wanted to open a store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

Do as much due-diligence as possible and develop a strategy for distinguishing yourself.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?

We aspire to be the best store in all markets we operate in.

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Motor City Kush

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Motor City Kush

10 E. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit

(313) 707-0903

www.weeddispensarydetroit.com

 

Top-Selling Strain

Chocolope

Top-Selling Concentrate

House

Top-Selling Edible

The Dab Gummies

 

How and when did your provisioning center start up?

We opened in February of 2018. We did it with a lot of patience for dealing with the paperwork and the strong belief that we are bringing the highest quality medicine, the most varied types of treatments and the best service to the Motor City. It is important for us to create a safe environment where patients feel comfortable asking questions and trying different medicinal approaches that work best for them whether it’s topical, edible or flower.

 

What’s the story behind the name of your provisioning center?

We love Detroit and wanted to honor it in our name. We are proud of this city and to be a compassionate, fledgling part of its renaissance. Kush insinuates “high-grade” and that’s the quality of the products that we introduce to our market.

 

What does your provisioning center offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else?

We train our staff to be highly informed and compassionate to our patients’ needs. Since this has been a regulated industry, there isn’t a ton of “science” or “data.” So, we put in the work to find the bits of research that have been published, plus carefully sampling and discussing the effects of each medication so that we’re all informed and can share these experiences with our patients.

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go? 

There used to be a stereotypical “cannabis user.” Luckily the veil has been lifted on this miraculous medicine, and people from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits of this incredible plant. The diversity is wonderful to see.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a provisioning center? . . . Biggest joys?  

Banking has been the biggest logistical issue that we run into. Our greatest joy is when a patient comes back to us and tells us how great they feel; it’s incredible. But when we hear how people have gotten off of opiates and pharmaceuticals, it makes all of the challenges and hard work worth it. We know how harsh those medications are in comparison to cannabis—at the end of the day, we’re trying supply people with beneficial options that help them live their most comfortable life. If patients get to us early enough, we truly believe that we could be a solution to their problem. However, some patients are terminal by the time they are introduced to cannabis; at that point, we are just grateful to make them comfortable enough to enjoy their final days.

 

What is the one thing you want patients to know about your provisioning center? Everything we carry is vetted carefully to ensure that the products that we bring to the market are of the highest quality, properly dosed and are made with integrity. We carry a huge variety of different treatments like edibles both sweet and savory, an assortment of different types of CBD products, several different extracts and brands that are always tested, and flower that comes to us from growers who care.

 

If someone wanted to open a provisioning enter and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

It’s a really challenging industry with lots of varied opinions, so you really have to love what you are doing. At the end of the day, what we do is help people in need. If that makes you feel warm inside, all of the hard work is worth it.

 

What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?

One day, when cannabis is fully accepted again without stigma, we will know that we did our part in bringing this miraculous plant back to the people. We evolved with this plant, and it has so many incredible benefits.

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