Atomic Cannabis employee Sandy Clarke and owner Joseph Naidoo at the new Coleman location on January 30. Nick Allen photo.
Nicholas L. M. Allen
Feb 1, 2023
Atomic Cannabis has expanded from Lethbridge, opening a new location in the Crowsnest Pass on January 23.
Owner of Atomic Cannabis Joseph Naidoo said he has always been a fan of the mountains, so the location paired well with his enjoyment of nature and cannabis. The highway location was also a selling point for Naidoo as he looked to expand his business.
Naidoo said he first got into the industry around two years ago, with it now taking him “further down the path” using the drive from Lethbridge to unwind. He added there are now two local employees working at the store as well.
“They both have really good social skills combined with pretty good cannabis knowledge,” said Naidoo.
He said his focus is on learning as much as he can so he can “articulate in as few words as possible” while communicating with his staff. According to Naidoo they are great at receiving information with a good attitude and utilizing the information.
After speaking about his employees, Naidoo also shared his thoughts on the cannabis industry and how it varies. “Obviously there is the recreational side, but [cannabis] also helps a whole lot of people and people are at least trying a natural alternative to what they’re doing,” he explained.
Naidoo said he looks forward to being a part of the community. While growing his business Naidoo wants to help as many people as possible during the process, hoping to give back as much as he can.
“Everyone here in the Pass has been super friendly,” said Naidoo, “I’m excited to be here.”
He added that the store is “super pet friendly” and has dog and cat treats on hand. Atomic Cannabis is open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. every day next to the Happy Mart in Coleman.