Homegrown Holistic Collective Inc. AKA Hemp Hop Station
3201 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo
“We establish a deeply personal connection with our patients. Our own struggles with illness give us the ability to connect and support our patients in an unparalleled manner. We give our patients a space to feel safe, talk through their illness and educate them. We make sure to send them home feeling stronger. Our oils are specialized to get people off of opiates and pharmaceuticals.”
King Cookie Manzanita and BelaBlue
Victory Gardens products
Rhonda’s own line of Hempress CBD/THC Oils, handmade with love
How and when did your dispensary start up?
We started in 2010 in Middletown, California. We were invited to move to Vallejo in 2012 because of the success of our Hempress Oils line. Our founder, Rhonda, created the oil line to treat her systemic lupus and get off of pharmaceuticals. After personal success with the oils, Rhonda began sharing them with everyone.
What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?
We come from a line of organic home growers. As Homegrown Holistic was formed, we choose the name to honor our past. Hemp Hop Station was the nickname gifted to us by our new partner and artistic collaborator, B-Legit. He has become a real hero in our lives.
What does your dispensary offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else?
We establish a deeply personal connection with our patients. Our own struggles with illness give us the ability to connect and support our patients in an unparalleled manner. We give our patients a space to feel safe, talk through their illness and educate them. We make sure to send them home feeling stronger. Our oils are specialized to get people off of opiates and pharmaceuticals. Also, we really enjoy our superior strains and getting people stoned out of their brains.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
The shift to a corporate model is really difficult to see. We want to see the mom-and-pop businesses survive. We like that the industry is finally opening up to women and their kind souls. Women are the original healers of our human tribe, the OGs, original goddesses.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys? Our biggest challenge, right now, is the regulatory changes and taxation. They’re difficult, but these things are necessary to bring our industry out of the dark and back into the light. Our biggest joy is seeing a woman survive illness with elegance.
What is the one thing you want patients to know about your dispensary?
We care, we’re here to help, and we appreciate their patronage, each and every one of them.
If someone wanted to open a dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
Get a really good psychiatrist, because it’s a rough road. Be ready to take handcuffs for your mission at any moment.
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
We hope to continue spreading love and accomplishing great works of art and charity, utilizing cannabis as the common thread to bring our tribes together.