Panacea gives all their profits to social justice. Yes, all of them. The dispensary was established to raise funds for affordable LGBT Elder housing, and set themselves apart from other dispensaries with their “Principles of a Social Business” mission statement. They are a “no dividend company,” meaning investors get back only their investment amount plus a small amount of interest, no annual dividend beyond that amount. The rest goes back to the community.
Their exceptional staff offers two innovative services for their customers during the week. Every Wednesday, “Converse With A Nurse” sessions run from 1p.m. to 7p.m. with Rebecca White, R.N., B.S.N., Clinical Herbalist, who is available for informal conversations about the medicinal effects of cannabis. Rebecca has over a decade of nursing experience, and is a cancer survivor who benefited from using cannabis during various stages of her treatment and recovery. On Sundays and Mondays from 11a.m. to 5p.m., budtender Megan Lewis is available as an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter.
Located at the middle of what many deem the “Green Mile” on NE Sandy Blvd., the waiting room is an art gallery with new exhibits regularly. The retail area is set up like a gallery as well, with obvious care put into the placement of products from farms such as Bull Run Craft Cannabis, Panacea Valley Gardens, 7 Points Oregon, Hifi Farms, and others. The focus is on quality over quantity here, though anyone would be hard pressed to try every offering of flower, edibles, and extracts they have stocked.
“We approach our cannabis business as advocates for social justice first. Imagine 10-20 years from now, will every neighborhood have a dispensary re-investing in the community, or one where a small group of wealthy investors extract all profits? Cannabis shoppers have a choice.”-Panacea co-owner Melissa Egan