Before I get into the specifics of why Humboldt Relief is my favorite dispensary, you should know that I have been volunteering at the collective since July of 2010. I believe in transparency, so I do not want to give anyone the impression that I am not affiliated with the collective. That said, I will explain why I am so dedicated to serving this pre-ICO co-op.
I joined HR as a patient in October of 2009, and stopped frequenting other dispensaries by about May of 2010. I fell in love with HR at first visit. The staff was chill, and didn’t try to put on airs like some places do with budtenders walking around in white lab coats. I found them very knowledgeable, and appreciated them not pretending to be medical professionals. In my book, no one without a medical degree should be playing doctor. Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the amazing buds. Not only did HR have superior quality top shelf, their supply never seemed to run out. I’d been to plenty of other places with good meds, but the inventory would usually be hit or miss. That’s really why I quit wasting my time and money at other shops. When I walked into HR, I knew I would always leave happy, so why go anywhere else? Another thing that attracted me to HR was politics. I was actively involved in the LA activist scene in 2009/2010, and HR was one of the few shops who cared enough to openly support the cause. A number of the people who protested with me outside of city hall recommended HR for this reason.
In December of 2010, I got to meet HR’s owner for the first time through a mutual friend and fellow patient activist who goes by the name BabyBoomerSoCal. Little did I know this holiday visit would change my life forever. Big A can be a little intimidating at first because, well, he’s one gnarly looking dude. I’d say he’s about 3 times my size. We became fast friends, and to this day I find it difficult to describe his calming essence. Big A doesn’t like to boast, but he’s probably the most generous man in the MMJ industry. The way a lion looks after a den, Big A cares for sick patients in the community, and seeks no recognition. He rarely bothers to tell people they’ve been selected for the compassion program. He just starts providing their meds on the house or doubling their donations on every visit. So when I saw an opportunity to contribute to his collective in a meaningful way, I jumped right in.
In July of 2010, HR did not have a website. They belonged to a single MMJ forum website, which fell victim to a nasty malware attack. Unfortunately, some patients ended up with infected computers from visiting the site to check the HR menu. I knew absolutely no coding, and I’d never really touched a camera, but I offered to set up a simple WordPress blog so patients would always have access to HR’s info. Big A loved the idea, and didn’t say a word when I posted embarrassingly bad photos of his beautiful meds. He just kept encouraging me and thanking me for my efforts even though I had no clue what I was doing. His confidence in my abilities inspired me to constantly improve, hone my photography skills, and put his website on the map.
After about 6 months, we’d already outgrown the subdomain. When Big A commissioned me to create a legit website, I panicked inside. But I pushed forward through self doubt, and never looked back. Today I produce all of our web content, manage our growing social communities, and designed our recent print campaign for Green Acres Magazine. My experience at HR also furthered my non-cannabis professional career in online marketing. I would have never opened up Photoshop or implemented a successful local SEO strategy otherwise. Without a doubt, volunteering for HR opened doors I never imagined.
Now that you’ve got the back story, let’s move on to the main event: HR’s meds. In my years of volunteering, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing and sampling literally hundreds of top shelf strains.
Humboldt Relief Photographer/Webmaster since 7/2010. Katherine is a professional copywriter responsible for all of the content, including photography, graphics, and text, on the HR website unless otherwise specified. She also handles HR's social communities. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and works at PrintFirm.com when she's not volunteering for HR. Connect with her on:
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