Medical Cannabis Pioneers Mark 10 Years On Telegraph Avenue


Graphic: Patients Care Collective
Berkeley’s Patients Care Collective will mark 10 years in business on Monday, April 4.

The Patients Care Collective (PCC) first opened its doors in Berkeley, California on April 4, 2001. There were only a handful of dispensaries in Northern California back in the dark days of the second Bush Administration, and none in the rest of the United States. At the time, public perception and the political climate weren’t nearly as compassionate as they are today, and each month brought new reports of DEA harassment. Still, the PCC persevered, and helped to found Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2002.

“I want to congratulate the PCC on their 10-year anniversary,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA in Washington, D.C. “Not only have they spent a decade providing safe and affordable access to medical cannabis, but they are true pioneers.”

Graphic: PCC

​”The PCC was a founding member of ASA and helped create the nation’s first medical cannabis distribution laws,” Sherer said. “Thank you for all that you do. Your work has inspired a national movement.”
The PCC was established to provide the highest quality medical cannabis, along with personalized service and information, to help patients get the most from their medicine. The PCC says this patient-focused strategy has shaped it from the beginning.
A decade ago when the PCC was founded, education was difficult, as there were few resources for medical cannabis patients. Fast forward 10 years, and the overwhelming amount of sometimes conflicting information available presents a different challenge.
The PCC has always been involved in efforts to educate and inform patients, striving to help their patients learn more through unique methods like the Cannabis Collector Cards they recently released to critical acclaim.
“The PCC is honored to support our patients and bring them the quality medicine and care we would want for our own loved ones,” said PCC co-founder Erik Miller. “We look forward to the next 10 years, and the further growth and acceptance of medical cannabis across the nation.
“We have come so far, yet we still have a long way to go,” Miller said.