The smoke has cleared in Nevada and the first all-woman-owned medical marijuana dispensary, Sahara Wellness, has opened in Las Vegas. The atmosphere, which boasts beautiful pictures, comfortable seating, soft lighting, and huge menus on the wall, is warm and inviting to people of all ages in possession of a medical marijuana card who are seeking relief from their illnesses, conditions, pain, nausea, inflammation and more through cannabis therapy. Located at 420 E. Sahara Ave. – 420, in cannabis culture, has been the international symbol for smoking marijuana since the 1980s – and owned by Brenda Gunsallus, Alex Davis, Paula Newman, and Stacey Huffman, Sahara Wellness also seeks to educate people about marijuana therapy and what strains are best to treat their specific problem. All four women were inspired to open the dispensary by having firends or relatives who had seizures or other maladies that marijuana therapy could help. The four also seek to make women and the elderly who may feel shame ibecause of marijuana's stigma comfortable in seeking treatment. There are several ways that cannabis can be taken besides smoking it.
Sahara Wellness currently offers 18 different strains of Indica, Sativa, or a hybrid of the two with names like Pineapple Express, 9 LB. Hammer, and Strawberry Cough, all of which come from city-approved cultivators. The dispensary will offer more varieties as they become available and will also be opening its own cutlivation production facility in North Las Vegas at the end of March or beginning of April. For now Sahara Wellness is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p,m. daily but that may change in order to increase accessiblity to patients.
Here is my interview with Brenda Gunsallus, who is also the general manager of Sahara Wellness: