New Faces, New Places: Using personal experience to break the stigma of medical cannabis

After seeing the role medical cannabis played in Mandy Tarala’s recovery from a serious skin condition, her family wanted to help reduce the stigma surrounding the medicine and highlight its benefits.

“It got to the point where I was headed down a very nasty path of surgeries that didn’t necessarily offer me much,” Tarala says. “So I got my medical licence and started ingesting cannabis oil and I healed my very severe skin condition that I was told nothing could heal.”

Tarala now manages a high-end head shop, The Honeypot Glass Gallery, owned by her brother Mitch. It specializes in unique heady glass created by Canadian artists.

Because the shop is not a dispensary, staff don’t provide any health advice. However, many staff members are medical cannabis patients themselves, and are happy to share their own experiences and help customers find the tools that best suit their medical needs.

“We don’t pry into people’s

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