When the team at Torrey Holistics realized that health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic were in dire need of face masks and other necessary medical supplies, co-owner Tony Hall leveraged his background in chemical and safety supplies to help fill the gap.
Since mid-March, Hall and Torrey Holistics co-owner Doug Gans have donated more than 7,000 N95 face masks and more than 10,000 units of hand sanitizer to various health centers and local organizations, as well as to the San Diego-based dispensary’s staff and customers.
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The Torrey Holistics staff is wearing masks and gloves to serve customers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“[We] were just hearing all these stories from doctors and nurses who were having to reuse their masks, and how dangerous that was,” Ruthie Edelson, Torrey Holistics’ marketing director, told Cannabis Business Times.
The Torrey Holistics team visited six different hospitals and health clinics, including the American Red Cross, VA San Diego, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Scripps Hospital, UCSD Jacobs Medical Center, St. Paul’s Senior Services and Remedy RX, to deliver the supplies personally.
In addition, Torrey Holistics is distributing free hand sanitizer to its curbside pickup and delivery customers.
The dispensary will donate a portion of its April sales to St. Paul’s Senior Services and the Senior Adult Department at the Lawrence Family JCC to help support efforts to protect the vulnerable senior population during the pandemic.
Torrey Holistics opened in 2015 as a medical cannabis dispensary and was one of the first California retailers to receive an adult-use license in December 2017, Edelson said.
“We are definitely small and mighty,” she said, adding that the Torrey Holistics team has always centered its business around education and community.
The dispensary has participated in several community outreach programs