Today we’d like to introduce you to Brendan Kelly.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brendan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started selling cannabis illegally in Florida while studying my undergraduate degree, I successfully did this for a number of years. After completing my degree in Florida, I moved to California to pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree.
The whole time I was in school, I needed to cover and hide my cannabis use, due to the professional nature of pharmacy as a profession. While in my last year of pharmacy school, I decided to pursue a legal cannabis business and started CEAS Collective.
Since the start of the organization in 2014, there have been plenty of ups and downs. In one particular instance, we had an internal theft which left us thousands of dollars in the hole. Having studied in a science-based background, I needed to hone in my business skills to successfully run the company.
We now have locations in: Chico, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood. The collective’s network has grown expansive and so have my aspirations for the organization and the cannabis industry as a whole.
CEAS LA is a DBA of CEAS, inc and was designed to specifically target the Los Angeles market. The company operates as a delivery service for the respective areas.
We are focused on improving the health and technology involved in this industry. We have recently finished the development for our mobile application for seamless menu viewing and ordering. We also have a patent pending for a pharmaceutical formulation involving cannabinoids from the plant, which we are seeking to develop into standardized therapy to improve the quality of life for our patients.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like any business there are plenty of start-up troubles. However, due to the nature of the cannabis industry, there were and still are more obstacles that are not present in other businesses. For example, we have had multiple payment processing systems close our accounts and “freeze” payments. We have also had fraudulent charges from patients disputing transactions resulting in thousands in losses.
Cannabis is still federally illegal, meaning there are not any clear solutions for banking. It’s either risk have lots of cash on hand, or put it in an account, and risk having the account frozen. Definitely, makes things difficult amongst the standard challenges of running a business.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with CEAS LA – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Given my professional health background we are innovating the way for personalized product development. We are able to specifically identify patients’ needs based on health-outcomes and recommend products to specifically target the needs.
All of our patients are a part of our collective as well. They are more than a number to us and we have developed a personalized relationship with them to specifically address their cannabis consumption.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are moving in the direction of becoming a research and development company and will back our products with our health-technology. We believe we are pioneering the industry and will continue to make large strides as we set the precedent for history.
- Address: CEAS
343 Soquel Ave., Suite 257
Santa Cruz, CA, 95062
- Website: ceascollective.org
- Phone: (323) 313-5912
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org