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Meet Marcus Williams, Asia Esterak, and Omar Kelly of The Happy Cat Collective in Mid City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Williams, Asia Esterak, and Omar Kelly.

The Happy Cat Collective was started by cousins Asia Esterak and Marcus Williams. The shop was shut down for a year due to regulations and changes within the Cannabis industry. During that time renovations were being made. In October of 2016 The Happy Cat Collective re-opened. Marcus reconnected with his friend and former business partner Omar Kelly from San Diego State University. The two worked together back in college doing club promotions and events. Since then the three led by Asia have grown and expanded The Happy Cat Collective to become a staple in the community. Only focusing on clean and medicinal products that truly helps the patients that we serve.

Has it been a smooth road?
Firstly, being a black female in the Cannabis industry which is male dominated has been a struggle within itself. The day to day vendors, patients and even other owners are surprised to see a black person let alone a woman running the operation. Second, the misconception that dispensaries that are legally operating make a lot of money. Third, the fluctuating price of Cannabis and the products derived from it. Lastly, the ignorance of the people who are making the laws, regulations and the various licensing, permits and other fees to run a business.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Happy Cat Collective – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Happy Cat Collective is a compliant facility specializing in producing quality organic flower and other products derived from it. We work with vendors with the same principles and values. We take pride in our customer service, really finding out what the patient needs versus just selling them on the concept of smoking weed. Our goal is to re-educate and help remove the negative stoner stigma attached to cannabis.

We’re most proud of when the patients walk in to our facility they’re seeing someone from their community. We have knowledge of our products, we vet out our vendors to make sure we get clean quality products. And we are most proud to still be around in the time of the “cash grab” industry.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What we like and dislike about Los Angeles, we like that its big and we don’t like that its big.

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1 Comment

  1. Y.F

    June 23, 2017 at 04:25

    I’m totally proud of you baby sis. Congratulations on your endeavors.

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