Magnolia Wellness: Good Business, Good Deeds

   

Magnolia Wellness, one of California’s premier medical cannabis dispensaries is a great example of a marijuana business with its heart in the right place while providing top-shelf medicine of all types to patients. One look at their menu and you can easily see amazing cannabis products, but most importantly to me, just a little bit of research will inform you on the compassionate nature of this medical marijuana establishment.

First, the business chops of David Spradlin, the dispensary’s director. You can have the best medical cannabis in the world, but it’s difficult to provide to patients if they don’t know about you. Cannabis businesses often run into roadblock after roadblock as discrimination and outright bigotry still plague the cannabis community as advertisers (not to mention banks and insurance companies) often balk at doing business with the marijuana industry.

Restrictions and discrimination can severely hinder business, so cannabis entrepreneurs often have to be create. After getting denied billboard space by big corporate entities like Clear Channel, Spradlin, found a smaller company willing to lease to a medical cannabis dispensary, and Magnolia became the first Bay Area dispensary with billboard advertising. It is this kind of creativity and outside-the-box thinking that helped Magnolia win “Best Booth” at the 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Richmond while quality medicine has led the facility to win more Cannabis Cup awards than any other Bay Area collective.

Next, and most importantly, is the compassion of Magnolia Wellness as the dispensary has made a name for itself giving away free cannabis to patients desperately in need. This has included AIDs patients, people battling cancer and kids suffering from severe seizures. The wellness center, true to its name, offers services such as: chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, Reiki and Chinese medicine. Magnolia even helped Oakland organize the 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and provides a free barbershop every Sunday and Monday.While money can sometimes corrupt and cloud judgement, it is good to see that Magnolia Wellness keeps in mind the plight of sick and disabled patients, many of whom battle poverty as well as their physical ailments and limitations.

With an Ambassador like long-time cannabis activist Debby Goldsberry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Magnolia Wellness does demonstrate true compassion while providing high-quality medicine, but it is always good to hear about good people doing good things. Debby and I help organize the International Cannabis Business Conference and we are proud to have Magnolia Wellness as the top sponsor of our San Francisco event held on February 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency. At the ICBC, we mix activism with the entrepreneurial spirt as we never want to forget the compassion and kindness that have always been a cornerstone of of the cannabis community. Joining forces with Magnolia Wellness was a natural fit. I urge cannabis patients in the Bay Area to seek out Magnolia Wellness and I hope to see many of you at the ICBC in San Francisco.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon’s ca