Cornerstone Research Collective – Los Angeles, CA
Cornerstone Research Collective is a medical cannabis collective focused on research. Founders Carlos de la Torre and Erica Campos opened doors in 2007 as one of the 135 dispensaries granted limited immunity in the California medical market, preceding the original moratorium on cannabis in L.A. back in November of that year. Carlos has always been a heavy hitter in the L.A. cannabis industry; we can all thank him for assisting in the creation of Prop D, among other legislations. Carlos has also been involved in L.A.’s political process for 10 years and sits on the Board of Directors for the UCBA Trade Association. With extensive knowledge of the industry, this collective stands as one classy L.A. joint.
I’m getting personal here: Cornerstone Research Collective is my collective of choice. I know for a fact I’m going to find a new type of satisfying toke every time I walk through their doors. I’m over 40 and love to surf—the body isn’t what is used to be, and the very knowledgeable budtenders do me right. Carlos only hires budtenders who steer each client in their desired direction to find the perfect dank. They even have a special researcher on board who analyzes each in-store strain and posts their findings, recommendations for specific medical symptoms and more.
“We have a very selective way of working with the products,” Carlos explains. “We are always working with brands that have done testing, and care about that type of quality experience . . . About 50 percent of the products we carry are boutique brands you will not find at other dispensaries. Most of our flowers are either cultivated by us or other boutique cultivators. Small-batch stuff, as opposed to mass-produced brands.” Cornerstone was also one of the first dispensaries in California working with CBD oils, representative of the collective’s mission: to heal.