April is National Cannabis Awareness Month. While the 30 day period is devoted to educating the infamous plant about its medicinal properties, the job of a Turlock pharmacy is to do it every day of the year.
Perfect Union became Turlock’s youngest retail cannabis dispensary last September, opened through the city’s cannabis pilot program – the second of four companies evaluated from countless applicants by city officials. While most pharmacies in the valley are known for their trendy “budtenders”, Stoner-approved playlists and cool vibes, the founder and CEO of Perfect Union, David Spradlin, has made it his business to get back to the roots of the system through his business to get.
“When people come to these places, they should be looked after and educated about what they are buying. It shouldn’t just be about what the highest THC is and how high it gets, but also what all the other parts of this facility can do for them and how it will help them process whatever they need to process, ”said Spradlin. “It’s not about rap or reggae music playing and selling as much as possible … it’s really about helping sick people and I believe that everyone who comes to our store is looking for some kind of wellness . “
Spradlin started out in the cannabis industry with virtually no knowledge or experience. He worked in construction but, with the help of a friend, began growing cannabis legally on his Placer County property when the economy collapsed in 2007. Since then, he has built one of the most successful cannabis chains in the state, with 10 stores located in cities across the state, including Turlock and Riverbank, and more in the works.
Prior to approving a cannabis pilot program, the city of Turlock had a ban on retail sales of marijuana within city limits. Spradlin knew it would be a challenge to win over Turlock citizens who had their doubts.
“The city of Turlock definitely raised an eyebrow early on about what it would bring through this process,” said Spradlin, who has opened retail locations in cities with demographics similar to Turlock. “It is our responsibility to reassure people about the way we do business. I think Turlock did a really great job saying, ‘Look, let’s regulate this, pick the best operators and try it out in no time, more careful and responsible way. ‘They got us through the alarm clock and made us jump through lots of hoops to calm everyone down and so it should be happy. We were happy to go through these hoops. “
Spradlin believes Turlock’s stance on cannabis may change as the two pharmacies that have already opened continue to operate in town with no problems. They have set themselves the goal of giving something back locally in addition to the income they make available to the city through a development agreement. Mayor Amy Bublak, who has openly stated that federal law regarding recreational and pharmaceuticals should be complied with, even attended the Perfect Union ribbon cutting ceremony last year to celebrate the opening of the new store.
“It was a big step and I was honored,” said Spradlin of Bublak’s performance. “I thought it speaks for the openness of the city. It’s definitely cautious but open-minded. “
Spradlin has seen firsthand how the medicinal properties of cannabis have helped others, whether through the myriad of testimonial letters sent to it from recognized clients or from his own family. His nephew, now a teenager, was admitted to hospice care when he was 10 years old for a rare form of childhood cancer. Medical cannabis helped him appetite and manage pain during this time, Spradlin said, and now his tumors have thankfully stopped growing over the years.
Because of such situations, Spradlin created Perfect Union to help those who suffer – and those who want to relax. Perfect Union staff are trained in all areas of the facility, making sure customers know what they are buying and why they are buying it.
“We wanted to do everything we can to use the science of it and get that information to the people who need it,” Spradlin said. “Basically, you can really feel better … it’s a powerful thing. Life is hard and it doesn’t get any easier. Therefore, it is important for some people to be able to sit and be centered, especially in a year like this. “
While Perfect Union is just beginning to expand across the state – Spradlin plans to open stores as far as Crescent City in the north and as far as San Diego in the south – the pandemic could open doors to other jurisdictions that it never allows in cities and counties would have held for additional revenue due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In February, the city of Turlock announced that it was expecting $ 1.07 million in cannabis development agreement revenue for just the two retail stores that were open. As for residents, Spradlin hopes the community will remain open and is using this month to research the often controversial cannabis plant.
“We’re open now and the sky hasn’t fallen,” laughed Spradlin.
Perfect Union is located at 2500 N. Golden State Blvd. and can be reached at 209-252-0039.