Purple Lotus Patient Center
752 Commercial St. #20, San Jose
The Blue Chip Genetics, Blue Chip Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Chip Gorilla Glue, Blue Chip Banana Split
Cannabis oil syringe
How and when did your dispensary start up?
We started in April 2010 with a dream, a vision and two pounds of medicine in inventory.
What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?
The lotus flower is a symbol of strength among adversity. This couldn’t have been truer about the cannabis industry when we opened in 2010 with the huge stigma on the industry and no certainty or long term outlook. Much like our business and this industry as a whole has had to endure, the lotus flower begins in dark murky waters and eventually rises and blooms into a beautiful lotus flower.
What does your dispensary offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?
[We offer] quality medicine and products for every budget. We strive to be a dispensary where every customer who walks through our door has access to quality products.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
When we entered the industry in 2010, passion is what drove you to be in this industry. There was no certainty of being open day to day. There was a constant risk of criminal punishment from the federal government. Renting space to operate your business and obtaining employees to help run it was challenging because people were scared to be a part of this industry or had negative feelings against it. Even within your inner circle, you were left to constantly defend your career move into the cannabis industry. There were no roadmaps or regulations to guide you, no bank would work with you and obtaining things like insurance was next to impossible. Product offerings have changed substantially [with] more variety. The regulatory system put in place in San Jose several years ago, and now the state regulatory system being put in place, is working to reduce the stigma around this industry and help legitimize this industry. More dispensaries are willing to work with one another to collaborate, share ideas and help push us forward. We hope these trends continue and eventually see the federal government de-schedule cannabis so the industry as a whole can fully transition to a legal market and operate like any other legitimate business.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys?
Changing the way you operate and conduct business because of the constantly changing environment can be very challenging. Banking and operating under [Section] 280E is challenging.
Biggest joys are seeing the industry progress and the impact we have on this progression. Seeing more and more people accept the cannabis plant as medicine. Seeing people who are able to get off of harsh drugs and use cannabis for pain and ailments is one of the biggest joys.
What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your dispensary?
We are passionate about cannabis and the medicinal use of this plant. That is why we entered this industry eight years ago. We have seen firsthand the powerful effects it can have on a person’s quality of life. This is at the core of our business and how we operate.
If someone wanted to open a dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
Be passionate and persistent. Find out what interests you about this industry and gain as much knowledge as you can in that area. Networking and getting to know the people in your local government can be extremely helpful. Understand regulations and stay on top of the constantly changing laws.
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
[We hope to] provide people with accessibility and knowledge of the product (uses, consumption methods, etc), help reduce the negative attitude surrounding the cannabis plant and help progress an industry that not only provides a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medicine, but also creates jobs and helps shift the cannabis industry away from criminal activity.