As HCI Alternatives celebrates its 1-year anniversary, it also looks back on its tremendous growth. The Springfield dispensary started with having just 15 patients on its first day to now having a patient base of over 400. Regardless of the challenges faced in the first year, HCI believes it has all been worth it.
The first year is always a time for learning in a growing business, according to WAND TV 17 News. This next year should be smooth sailing. Continual advocacy for medical marijuana will help the state’s program expand further.
CEO of HCI Alternatives Chris Stone said, “It’s been awesome, challenging, crazy but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Stone also said, “The amount of patients that we’ve been able to develop we started with 15 patients here in Springfield the first day, to over 400 now. It’s been incredible, the patient stories you hear coming in and the effects that cannabis has been able to make in terms of changing these people’s lives is sensational, absolutely sensational.”
Regarding the bumps in the road, Stone said, “The challenges of rolling out a new program with the state caused some delays. The computer technology to track the inventory and track the patients making sure we are doing it the right way has also been challenging but for the most part I don’t think that I would necessarily change anything to the way they rolled out the program because slow rolling it a little bit helps to work out the kinks in the system and I think we’ve been able to do that the past year.”
In regards to continued advocacy, Stone said, “Educating doctors, educating patients on what cannabis can do. Understanding what ailments and potentially what new ailments could come about because of the research being done on cannabis with those ailments.”