Dispensary Chosen as Arcata’s Business of the Year
Some might be surprised that a cannabis dispensary received Arcata’s 2015 Business of the Year Award. Even Mary Ellen Jerkavich, director of the Humboldt Patient Resource Center was startled.
“We usually don’t get to be invited to be members of things like the Chamber of Commerce,” explained Jerkavich who has run medical marijuana dispensary for years. “It feels like Christmas…It is something that never happens for marijuana.”
But Susan Ornelas a member of Arcata’s City Council who helped choose the winner said the medical marijuana business has been very helpful over the years. “We appreciate the cooperation HPRC shows,” she said. “They are good about taking people on tours and being open.”
In addition, Ornelas said, the time was right. “This…was such a year of change for the medical marijuana industry….With medical marijuana coming from a gray area into the light, [HPRC] symbolized what this last year was about.”
The dispensary’s Compassionate Care Program shows one of the many ways that the business offers assistance to the community. Their website says the program “provides catastrophic and terminally ill community members free and discounted medicine. Our goal is to ensure that the medicine we provide does not create a financial burden during the stressful stages of patients’ sicknesses and ailments.”
Jerkavich said that in turn Arcata has been very supportive of her dispensary. “Our city has been pro patient for a long time…It’s exciting that they are supporting us,” said Jerkavich.
Then she added, “I’m excited for my employees. They are the reason we get awards!”