At a Glance
Dispensary: MMJ Total Health Care
Location: 3004B 31st St., Vernon
President: Jeffrey Gaudette
Years in business: 2
Number of reviews in 2016: 185
Total products: 224
- Flower products: 58
- Concentrate products: 62
- Edible products: 14
- Pre-rolls: 20
- Other products: 70
It takes a passionate and knowledgeable person to truly thrive in the cannabis industry, and Jeffrey Gaudette, president of MMJ Total Health Care, embodies both to the fullest. With 20 years of experience under his belt, Gaudette aimed to open “a high-end medical dispensary with a focus on educating patients.” His educational achievements (he graduated as double valedictorian from Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif.) and his personal choice to visit over 150 cannabis clubs in California prior to opening his own doors (in order to gauge “customer service, products, layouts, and how to make this experience better”) speak even more highly of his dedication to the cannabis plant.
Gaudette readily acknowledges his good fortune in owning hydroponic stores, to which he attributes an “upper hand on selecting farmers and pairing them with strains [they] purchase from seed companies.” This capability also lends itself to MMJ THC’s vast selection. Gaudette states, “Every year we purchase seeds and select growers to give us a wide variety of strains for a wide variety of pains,” attempting to address any negative symptoms his patients might experience. To bystanders and patients alike, it’s clear that Gaudette and his team sincerely care about every individual who walks through the dispensary door.
With over 400 products stocking the shelves and Gaudette’s ever-growing connections in the industry, it’s no wonder the dispensary has become a leader. Gord, a budtender at MMJ THC, speaks very highly of being on staff, saying, “For me, it is being part of a vision – the vision of the owners, of patient helping patients, of being health- and people-focused in an industry where it is easy for greed to take over.”
We recommend visiting MMJ THC in the morning, then making a pit stop at the Naked Pig for some delicious breakfast. Afterward, catch a cheap matinee at the local favorite discount theatre, Vernon Towne Cinema.
In Gaudette’s Words
Top selling product: “Dried cannabis [flower].”
What is the surrounding neighborhood like? “There is a great café next door called Bean There Bistro. Their weekly lunch special is amazing! Just beside them is a trendy clothing boutique called Shambhala. They sell a lot of hemp-based clothing and hippie/gypsy attire. On the other side of us is a head shop, Kush Organics, which offers a wide selection of accessories for cannabis consumption. To paint a picture, we have a very ‘industry driven’ block!”
What inspires you to come to work? “Compassion. There is nothing more inspiring than helping patients who need their medicine to get through the day and changing their lives for the better. It is unacceptable that most doctors are still prescribing and encouraging hurtful prescription drugs when there is a natural solution…There is truly no industry with this much compassion.”
Favorite strain or product? “There is nothing like an indica-based product at the end of the night for pain and to relax after a hard day of work.”
What Leafly Reviewers Say
Fans of MMJ Total Healthcare love their “weekly deals” where you “don’t have to break the bank to stay medicated.” Customers believe it is the “best dispensary by far,” and their customer service is “top shelf.” If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on this store’s amazing “customer experience” and “high-quality cannabis.”
Runner-Up: Tilray (Nanaimo, B.C.)*
*Editor’s note: Tilray and Leafly are both owned by Privateer Holdings.