The Healing Canna
3692 E Bijou St. Colorado Springs, 80909
Interviewed: Mark Eccher, Owner
Top-Selling Strain: Mob Boss
Top-Selling Concentrate: VooDoo Star Wax
Top-Selling Edible: Mile High Mint Bar 300mg (Incredibles)
How and when did your dispensary start up?
The Healing Canna was established in September of 2009. We started up with a dream and a staff of four.
What’s the story behind the name of your shop?
Myself, a friend and cousin were brainstorming names for a dispensary while playing golf at World Golf. We wanted to incorporate helping or healing, and also include cannabis or THC. The result was “The Healing Canna.”
What does your dispensary offer clients that they can’t find anywhere else? What do you specialize in, if anything?
Our quality and consistency really set us apart. In this industry, change is the only constant, and we take tremendous pride in being able to evolve without compromising the quality that patients have come to expect from us. From facility, to staff, to product, we specialize in the complete customer experience.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys?
The biggest challenges we face as a dispensary is definitely operating without banking, and the inability to take standard deductions for tax breaks like any other legitimate business. Ever changing rules and regulations are difficult, but to be expected. Our biggest joy is affecting the community in a positive way, while doing what we love.
What is the one thing you want patients to know about your dispensary?
We would like our patients to know that we really do care. We go to great lengths to provide patients with the ultimate customer experience and highest quality cannabis products. To us, this is not just our job, it’s our culture.
If someone wanted to open an dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
The advice I would give to someone looking to break into this business would be to first make sure that you have a passion for the industry, and the dedication it takes to run your own business. Being a dispensary owner, you not only have a responsibility to your patients, but you also have a responsibility to the cannabis movement. There is no better job, and sometimes, no harder job.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the MJ/MMJ community?
We hope to revolutionize the cannabis industry as a whole. We want to bring a level of professionalism to the cannabis industry that is necessary for National acceptance. We want to dispel the hypocrisies, the double standards, and show cannabis in the positive light it deserves. The personal health benefits, job opportunities, economic stimulus that this entirely new industry brings are undeniable. The naysayers are now the minority, and it is our actions that will wake those who are still asleep at the wheel.