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Michael (Bone Daddy) Thomas, owner of High Tides Dispensary in Gualala has lived in Mendocino county for 45 years. “I grew cannabis for a lot of those years. It took me 50 years to extricate myself selling weed in the alleys of Venice, California to managing a dispensary countertop in the Emerald Triangle,” he smiles.
Back in the day, Michael was selling “lids” of “grass” to his customers. “THC? What was that?” Michael laughs. High Tides received their dispensary license from the County of Mendocino in 2015. Prior to opening High Tides, Michael, a longtime member of the South Coast community was the driving force behind Bones Roadhouse, a beloved community venue.
Michael began bringing the growers he worked with into the mainstream. “From Day One, we wanted everything tested. We tested flower samples to assure the cannabis we sold met our potency preferences and contained no microbes.”
Michael has been focused on the medical side of cannabis. “It has been my journey in life to take this plant from the streets and help people medically. I run the medical end of the shop, advising people what to try, keeping up on research and all the medical product lines. I personally crash-test new products for 60 days.
“We sell bulk flowers distributed by Flow Kana, a Mendocino County-based distribution company. We try to offer between 20 to 30 different flower varieties.”
Located at the tip of the Mendocino/Sonoma County Line, Michael characterizes High Tides as the Emerald Triangle’s southernmost dispensary. “Some people hear about ‘OG’ cannabis. It means ‘Ocean Grown,” From here up the coast is an incredible banana belt where some of the best cannabis has been bred and cultivated.
“We’re seeing people return to cannabis- coming back from the ‘60’s,” says Michael. “Maybe they went on to professional careers or raising families. Now, they come in and say, ‘I’m back!’ We love seeing their faces as they look out at the Pacific Ocean from the dispensary. I don’t think any other operator in California can claim that view. These are our roots. We’re here to stay,” he concludes.
38520 CA-1. Gualala.