Tucson has spoken, and it's saying The Green Halo is the best of the best in medical marijuana dispensaries.
Voted on by the general public in the Tucson Weekly's annual "Best of Tucson," The Green Halo, opened Jan. 1, 2013 as the second dispensary in Tucson and third in Arizona, has become a household name in the medical marijuana industry, and as a wholesaler of more than 50 dispensaries, its product can be found throughout the state.
In fact, it was The Green Halo's efficiency in creating a self-sufficient grow that has given it leverage on other dispensaries—many of which are only now in the process of establishing a proprietary grow to reduce overhead costs.
Because of the earliness in which The Green Halo established its grow, it has been able to offer competitive pricing and weekly specials on a regular basis.
"Nobody else can quite provide what we can yet, because our grow is flourishing," said Dominique Sarno, dispensary manager.
Of the Halo's specials, the most popular falls on each Tuesday, when The Green Halo offers all of its strains for $10 per gram.
"Our typical patient base is about 40 to 60 customers per day, but on Tuesdays, we're getting about 250 per day," said Sarno. "Other dispensaries will offer $10 per gram, but only here and there, whereas we do it every week."
To some that might translate to a better deal but longer waits. Not necessarily so, given the fact that The Green Halo is equipped with a relatively large staff of about 20 people—much higher than the average dispensary in Tucson.
The additional staffing maintains a smooth flow for patients. For The Green Halo, it also allows for the delegation of staff members to their areas of expertise—whether those be the patient representatives who serve customers face-to-face, or in the Halo's kitchen or back room where edibles are manufactured.
Needless to say, patient satisfaction is the priority at The Green Halo.
But, in order to ensure satisfaction, educating patients is a must—and that's something staffers at Halo want to emphasize. They aren't simply chasing a buck—they are looking for the best strain for one's particular conditions.
"We try to make it the best experience possible for our patients each and every time," said Sarno. "We are a destination where people will make the drive for us. All our patient reps are here for the customer—and that's something that sets us aside."
Upon becoming certified as a cardholder, patients who choose The Green Halo as their medical marijuana dispensary will receive an educational packet that will help them determine which is the best strain for their condition.
Patients regularly have the choice between the Halo's 20 strains, including what has become a highly popular strain in "Larry OG."
Also inventoried at the Halo are nearly 70 edibles, ranging from chocolate bars to popcorn to gummies to salsa.
The Green Halo will be looking at expanding hours in the future with the passage of a Tucson ordinance that allows dispensaries to do so. A separate ordinance will allow dispensaries the opportunity of delivery; something The Green Halo's Tucson location will also look to take advantage of.
For more information on pricing and specials, visit www.thegreenhalo.org or call 664-2251. The Green Halo is located at 7710 S. Wilmot Road.
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