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Meet Cathy Bliss of Mankind Cooperative in Mira Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cathy Bliss.

Cathy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was a competitive Ice-skater and then my partner and I joined Ice Follies and toured for five years in the US Canada, Mexico and even Taiwan. We did TV shows, movies, commercials.

Over the years, I have been the Marketing Director for some great projects including Meadowlark Health Center, Dreamweavers Art Gallery and Lakeview Estates.

As a rep for Reading’s Fun, I built a very successful business servicing San Diego schools and businesses with books at huge discounts and raised over a million dollars for charities.

Due to personal health challenges, I became interested in Holistic Health and 12 years ago became a Certified Biofeedback Specialist.

10 years ago, my son James Schmachtenberger said “We should look at medical marijuana as it can help many people.” And that began this journey. James and my husband Bill and I opened a medical marijuana business and joined ASA and Norml and other groups and have been learning and sharing and fighting for Safe Access for Patients. James was the Executive Producer for a Documentary Medical Cannabis and its Impact on Human Health which can be seen for free

James is one of the owners of Mankind Cooperative, a legally zoned and licensed Dispensary in San Diego. In February 2017 he asked me to become the Marketing Director for Mankind Cooperative.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Medical Marijuana has faced so many challenges and mis-information. We are thankful to San Diego City Council for passing ordinances and zoning to allow access to this medicine which is helping patients alleviate seizures, symptoms of MS, PTSD, anxiety, and so much more.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mankind Cooperative – what should we know?
Mankind is a Medical Cannabis Dispensary that has been helping patients to learn about so many ways to use this plant such as vaporizing, edibles, tinctures, salves, etc.

Patients appreciate having knowledgeable, friendly staff, a clean safe beautiful environment, convenient location, free parking and we are open all the hours to are allowable which is 7am -9pm every day. We get so many comments on social media about people feeling that they can take their time, explore, ask questions, get knowledgeable answers, enjoy many special Patient Education Events and get in and out in a timely manner.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I love to share brilliant lessons and saying from many of my mentors. Curly Smith was a millionaire Real Estate Developer and he said ‘Find 100%ers and keep them with you. You can train people to do the job, but the loyalty and caring and showing up and being 100%er is rare.’ My sons own that principle and have kept 100%ers with them thru many businesses.

Evarts Loomis MD was the ‘Father of Holistic Health’ and Founder of Meadowlark Health Retreat. He wrote a book with Dr Sig Paulson called ‘Medicine for the Whole Person’ and he valued all parts of the person and was open to all therapies including nutrition and herbs and walking in nature and meditation. I value being open-minded and willing to look at all possibilities for health and happiness.

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