Name: Mt. Hood Wellness Center
Address: 2532 NE Broadway, Portland
Daniel Huson (Owner)
the story behind the name of your dispensary?
I wanted it to reflect the local area and healing, not just the
“marijuana” aspect. The entire life of the herb revolves around healing/hospice
and all medicines for hospice care are free. Some are delivered in any form
they request and we’ve been successfully operating since 2011.
the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would
you like to see it go?
In 2011, there were only six dispensaries. I went with
little sleep during that time. I worried about the cops breaking in at night. Then
one day my grow operation burned down and the feds came to check it out, but they
said “You’re doing it by the book.” I want to see it continue to move away from
the black market to a legitimate market, and for cannabis to continue to be more
accepted for medicinal purposes.
the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest
Challenge is the evolving law, the uncertainty of the
regulations, i.e. the medible debacle in March and April. Testimonials from the
patients are the best joy I experience. I had a man in a wheel chair that was being
medicated with narcotics and couldn’t function. Now he can walk, thanks to
cannabis replacing those debilitating narcotics and opiates.
the one thing you want patients to know about your dispensary?
Expect the best quality medicine. None of our products go on
the shelf with pesticides or molds thanks to our partnership with Rose City
Labs. Membership ages range from seven to 93 and we can help all ailments.
someone wanted to open a dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry,
what advice or counsel would you give them?
You need plenty of patience and time. Don’t expect to get
rich, just focus on the well-being of your patients.
the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the MMJ community?
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I want to continue to help patients get away from the
pharmaceuticals, as well as continue the hospice care program. I also find joy
in helping the family of chronically ill patients educate others on the healing
benefits of cannabis.