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LIVEMAGAZINE by Levvy Carriker Juli Ragsdale About 7 years ago Juli and I met Julie Montante through her aunt, Phyllis Silver and our longtime friend, award-winning author,George Newberry. Phyllis is quite the business lady owning strips of buildings with leased businesses along Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. It is not surprising that entrepreneur Juliette Montante and her brother Lenny inherited this genius of business and business development. One year ago at the opening of PSA Organica, City Councilwoman, Ginny Foat, Jeff Hocker, tv crews, LIVEMagazine, Chamber of Commerce and well over 100 supporters attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. on their web site, “Do not put yourself or others at risk! Only become members and conduct transactions with permitted medical cannabis collectives.” Community Compassion It is a very exciting time in the world of medicine. New and ground-breaking research is bringing to light the multiple medicinal properties of cannabis in the treatment and cure of diseases. With each passing month there are discoveries of new cures, treatments and medicines. In keeping up with the latest modalities, the integrity and expertise of the cannabis dispensaries increasingly comes into play to counsel and dispense the newly identified and sometimes intricate treatments. Further, an ideal collective would provide wellness services and educational programs. An ideal dispensary would give back to the community with compassion and charity. Enter the new, Palm Springs ‘Dispensary That Cares’, Palm Springs Associated Organica. It is located just south of downtown in the ‘Sunny Dunes Antique District’, on E. Sunny Dunes Road and Industrial Place, just off Palm Canyon Dr. Open for clients 7 days a week from 9am - 7pm. At PSA Organica they intend to raise the bar and become the model for what a collective in Palm Springs should be. From the quality of their meds to the dedicated service, PSA Organica truly strives to be the best at what they do. To them, every detail definitely matters. This is reflected from the moment you walk in their door; in the thoughtfully selected decor, comfortably furnished waiting room, and complimentary snacks they offer. At PSA Organica they put the patient’s comfort first, making a point to always treat the patients with warm welcoming respect. “Volunteers at PSA Organica are here to assist in the patients’ medicinal needs so the quality of their lives can be increased. Our goal is to supply compassion to those in need- All the while embracing their wish to treat themselves with a natural alternative. Here at PSA Organica, we provide a safe, comfortable environment, off of the streets where our patients can obtain their medicine from a trusted source. There is no greater reward than that which you obtain from assisting those in need. Our only wish is to be able to provide that much needed help to our patients and our community,” said Juliette.- PSA Organics is the newest of the only five City of Palm Springs permitted medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives. The City contracts with an independent medical cannabis testing laboratory to perform random sampling and testing of various products at each collective. This is important to maintain a standard of quality and integrity. The city advises One of the major determining factors for the City was PSA Organica’s commitment to the community. “This is the kind of thing that I always envisioned the collective to be.” said Palm Springs City Councilwoman Ginny Foat, in her support for PSA Organica. “Not just a business selling medicine.” PSA Organica donates 5 percent of after-tax receipts each month to local charities. “My promise is to open and run a facility that will benefit the merchants and residents of Palm Springs.”, said Julie. “Medical marijuana will be made available for free to terminally ill patients. I want to open and run a facility that will benefit the merchants and residents of Palm Springs.” Julie Montante and her brother, General Manager, Leonard (Lenny), make the effort to attend all Medical Cannabis industrial shows and events to bring home the best products for their patients. When asked how she got into this industry, Julie replied, “Our mother developed Stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 45. This spurred our personal interests in finding alternatives to chemo, radiation and surgery without stripping her of her dignity.” This was the beginning of an extensive and compassionate journey which has led Julie and Lenny to their pursuit of helping those in need. “We have discovered products such as Rick Simpson Oil, and Morongo Seed. There are many alternatives items on the market being researched. We turn no venders away who might have that one item which provides comfort and possible remission for even one patient. As part of effort to give back to the community, the collective offers incentives for the patients to give back as well. Bring in 3 canned goods or non-perishible food items and receive $5 off your purchase. Food items go to organizations as Well in the Desert, Desert AIDS Project, Martha’s Kitchen, and AIDS Assistance Program. They have an animal program as well. If patients bring a 5 pound bag of food for cats or dogs, they get $5 off their purchase. Check www.weedmaps.com for current daily and weekly specials and giveaways. The sign-up is easy. Just bring your doctor’s ‘rec’ and driver’s license. Visit the collective’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/psaorganica
27 THE LEADING DISPENSARY OF VARIOUS CBD OILS PSA Organica carries Indicas, Sativas, Hybrids, Wax, Concentrate, Extracts, Clones, Edibles (like ice cream, candy, baked goods, infused waters, teas, sodas), Topicals (butters, hand lotions, lip balms, massage oil and topical pain relievers), the collective carries a wide variety of accessory products such as candies, glassware, and any of the extras you may desire. If they don’t have it, let them know and they will get it for you. Venture through PSA Organica and you will discover a small boutique of Hemp clothing from interesting designers. Also a glass shop with amazing shapes and assorted accesories. Stop by and meet the friendly staff and owners! Take a tour. You’ll find a ‘community center’ type of atmosphere with a respectful and friendly vibe.