1040 N. Western Ave., Hollywood
How and when did your dispensary start up?
The idea of Smartweed began in 2006 in the San Fernando Valley. The business initially began as a legal medical cannabis collective called Valley Holistic Caregivers (VHC). After years of diligent and dedicated service and research in the cannabis industry, the concept of Smartweed gradually evolved.
What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?
The name Smartweed was chosen by our design department to reflect the evolution of the cannabis industry. The Smartweed team is “smart” about cannabis in general, and also about what they can accomplish with their proven methods of cannabis manufacturing, specifically in the areas of cultivation and extraction.
Similarly, patients and clients are “smart” for coming to Smartweed, because that means they know about the quality and selection that is offered to them at the store.
What does your dispensary offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?
It’s important to note that customers can find most anything they’re looking for in terms of medical and recreational THC and CBD products. Additionally, Smartweed has a selection of affordable, top-shelf flower that is grown in-house by the Smartweed team of master growers. These unique strains are part of Smartweed’s carefully selected family of genetics, and each harvest is meticulously cared for and grown without the use of hormones or non-organic pesticides.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
The industry has dramatically changed since Smartweed first began operating in 2006. As one of the pioneering collectives in the cannabis industry, the Smartweed team remembers the early days on the “frontlines.”
Now, as legal cannabis moves into mainstream America, Smartweed looks to be at the forefront of the cannabis culture. Smartweed’s aim is to help revolutionize the popular view of cannabis, shaping it into an accepted and accessible form of relief and recreation. The future of cannabis is to use its influence to promote the overall physical, mental and emotional well-being of all humanity.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? Biggest joys?
Some of the biggest challenges are keeping up with, and continuously being in compliance with, the ever-changing rules and regulations in the cannabis industry. Another major hurdle is the unprecedented amount of taxes proprietors in our industry have to pay at the various levels of business.
What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your dispensary?
People should know that Smartweed takes a friendly, informative and professional approach to cannabis production and consumption. The mission of Smartweed is to educate and enlighten patients and clients about the benefits and uses of cannabis, and to eliminate the stigma and apprehensions associated with cannabis as a product and a business.
If someone wanted to open a dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
When someone asks about advice on entering the cannabis industry, I would say, “Unless you have extensive experience or a long bankroll to facilitate the steep learning curve, stay away from this industry altogether!”
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
Smartweed wants to play its part in the advancement of the cannabis movement and industry by helping to show people that not only is cannabis a fun and relaxing recreational activity, it is also a safe and healthy medical solution for both common ailments and more serious health conditions.