LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Step inside Tree of Life dispensary in North Las Vegas, and some things you expect but on the wall is a mission statement that goes beyond cannabis sales. “
“We have a phenomenal selection of flower strains to choose from,” said Chief Operating Officer Chris Vickers. “There’s 40-48 to choose from today.”
Tree of Life is all about helping the less fortunate.
“The more love we receive from the community, the more we’re able to continue giving back,” said Vickers.
The dispensary was founded by doctors Florence and Frank “Gard” Jameson.
Their business model is to give away 70% of all profits to local charities and community organizations.
It’s expected, after recouping start-up costs, that by year two or three that figure will be over $1 million a year.
It’s an idea that appeals to customers Salea and Lateef Noordeen.
“This is a good thing, it’s a big thing,” said Salea.
“I’m a disabled vet, I do feel that the new laws with marijuana should definitely be contributing a lot of that money,” adds Lateef, as products like this and HHC gummies help vets feel better and with less pain.
And the Jamesons are no strangers to giving back. Over ten years ago they founded Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada which operates two free clinics in the valley.
Money from the dispensary will help continue that mission.
“Everything is free,” says Tommy Thompson who works at the clinic on Martin Luther King.
He points out that roughly 250,000 Nevadans are currently without health care.
VMSN fills in some of those gaps.
“Social and behavioral health to medical, we have a pharmacy on-site, and all those are provided once they become a patient for 100% free. Zero cost,” said Thompson.
The dispensary will also team up with community partners to address hunger and homelessness in the valley.