Dispensary Name: Alternative Remedies
Address: 8109 SE Flavel St., Portland
Phone Number: (503) 477-4203
Top-Selling Strain: OG #18
Top-Selling Concentrate: Permaculture Solutions Rosin
How and when did your dispensary start up?
We wanted to provide a safe access area for patients who were registered in the medical marijuana program. We started in March of 2013.
What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?
Alternative Remedies is a way of living. Our name is a reminder that we all have a choice on what we put in our body, as we focus on helping people move away from unnecessary pharmaceuticals.
What does your dispensary offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?
Solventless hash and rosin.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?
It’s changed by big money investors, quality standards have improved, availability of clean products has tremendously improved due to testing, regulations, etc. I’d like to see craft cannabis have the opportunity to thrive, as attention to detail in product can be lost when big money takes over.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys? Financial licensing and political corruption continue to be hurdles. The joy is being able to put our own products on our own shelf. The joy is helping those in our community, and putting a smile on every face that walks in.
What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your dispensary?
When you come to Alternative Remedies, you’re here not just to buy products, you come for the experience. We believe in educating in a safe access area. Our customers enjoy not only the highest quality of product, but also comfort in a dispensary where you’re never rushed.
If someone wanted to open a dispensary and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?
Have a solid business plan, and do proper research on the industry, as well as your specific area before opening.
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
We hope to educate a generation that was given false information on cannabis and the many benefits.