Cresco Labs Makes History On January 1st With First Sale Of Adult-Use Cannabis In Illinois

ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, announced today that the Company served 3,145 people on New Year’s Day at its five Sunnyside* Dispensaries located in Lakeview, Elmwood Park, Champaign, Buffalo Grove and Rockford, Illinois. Sunnyside* also sold 9,258 cannabis products, including Cresco’s house of brands and items from other Illinois suppliers, with an average ticket price totaling $135.

Customers began to form lines outside Sunnyside* locations as early as 8 PM on New Year’s Eve, and lines wrapped around the buildings throughout the day as recreational customers showed their excitement to be part of this historic day. The dispensaries opened at 6 AM to immediately start serving recreational customers, with the first sale in the state of Illinois taking place shortly thereafter at Sunnyside* Lakeview. Jacqueline Ryan from Forest Park was the first customer to purchase adult-use cannabis, followed by siblings Elise and Aaron Swopes, two participants in Cresco’s Chicago incubator program, which is part of the Company’s SEED (Social Equity and Educational Development) initiative, and Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, who played a critical role in shaping the state’s cannabis legislation.

“We’re ecstatic for our Sunnyside* dispensaries to begin serving recreational customers on such a historic day that launches a new era of cannabis and the development of an industry that will bring greater justice, social equity and business ownership opportunities throughout the state,” said Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs CEO and Co-founder. “With 13 million residents and 100 million annual tourists, Illinois is predicted to be one of the largest recreational cannabis markets in the United States. Cresco is uniquely positioned in the supply-constrained state, with permission for the largest cultivation footprint at 630,000 square feet and ten retail dispensaries, including three in high traffic areas in the city of Chicago.”

Joe Caltabiano, Cresco Labs President and Co-founder, added, “We’re thrilled to be part of this historic day and to witness firsthand so much excitement from people on the first day of legal cannabis sales. Our dispensaries served thousands of customers on day one by educating new cannabis consumers, making product recommendations and making sure they had a seamless shopping experience. With five newly re-concepted Sunnyside* locations and an additional five dispensaries opening soon in high profile locations such as one next to Wrigley Field and two in Chicago’s downtown Central District, we expect to serve thousands more customers in response to strong demand. Our Sunnyside* concept is designed to move traffic efficiently, so despite the fact that long lines will likely continue in the first few days of adult-use legalization, we are positioned to ensure that each of our customers gets only the best possible service and the products they are looking for. Cresco is already the leader in Illinois, and we expect to be able to maintain this leadership position as the recreational cannabis market grows, contributing solidly to our overall revenue and our profitability.”

Grassdoor Provides Fastest Cannabis Delivery Service In Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA: Grassdoor is offering fast and efficient cannabis delivery in Los Angeles and the Orange County area. It’s a relief to people in the county who need access to cannabis and related products easily and to tight deadlines.

The Grassdoor marijuana delivery app in Los Angeles is dedicated to delivering cannabis products door to door within 40 minutes. A further advantage that comes with using the app is that all products are a top brand, so a good user experience is guaranteed.

Fast service from a local provider

Grassdoor is dedicated to providing the fastest available cannabis delivery service in Los Angeles and Orange County. However, the company recognizes that it’s not just speed of delivery that is important.

It’s also making sure that the service it provides is friendly and efficient and that its products are fresh and safe to use. This is something that the people of Los Angeles have been waiting for. They get access to top brand cannabis products without ever having to leave home. They are also guaranteed to receive the products in a timely and safe manner.

Tried and tested products that can be trusted

The best news about this fast cannabis delivery provision from Grassdoor is that all the products that the company delivers are tried and tested.

The owners of the company are connoisseurs of the cannabis industry. This means that they have chosen the highest quality flowers for customers while keeping the products at an affordable cost.

All of the cartridges and pens that are delivered by Grassdoor have been tested for effectiveness and safety of use. The testing and guarantee of quality apply to all of the products that are delivered by Grassdoor. These products include oil cartridges, vape pens, blunts, edibles, THC concentrates, CBD products and accessories.

Customers at the forefront of a cannabis delivery service

This delivery service is big news for the people of Los Angeles and Orange County. They are being provided with a way of getting the cannabis-related items that they need, quickly and with no fuss.

They are also at the receiving end of some of the best customer service in the cannabis delivery industry. This customer service is delivered by the experienced customer service team at Grass Door that is on hand 10 am to 9:30 pm, 365 days a year. The team is dedicated to providing answers to customer questions and helping people get the products they need.

Anyone in the Los Angeles and Orange County area, who needs access to high-quality marijuana-related items can now get what they need to be delivered straight to the door.

The biggest change that Grass Door has made to the cannabis delivery industry in this part of the country is increased speed. There is no doubt that a delivery time of no more than 40 minutes is a major advantage to anyone who needs to have cannabis, and related accessories, within a tight timeframe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLCC Creates Podcast Focusing On Oversight Of Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Industry

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Flavored Vaping Ban Spotlighted in Latest Episode of “In the Weeds — The Ultimate OLCC Potcast”

OREGON:The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has published the latest episode of its occasional podcast, “In the Weeds – The Ultimate OLCC Potcast.”  Episode Four of “In the Weeds” focuses on the THC vaping respiratory illness crisis and Oregon’s ban on flavored THC vaping products.

“In the Weeds” launched in April 2019 using the podcast format to provide more digestible details and nugget-sized information about the regulations and rules governing Oregon’s regulated marijuana industry. The podcast, aimed at OLCC recreational marijuana licensees, their employees and others interested in the legal marijuana industry, is a more conversational approach to explain the expectations and guidelines for operating a legal marijuana business.

“It’s just the three of us – sometimes with a guest – sitting around talking about the rules, which is something we do every day anyway,” said Amanda Borup, OLCC Recreational Marijuana Policy Analyst, and one of the co-hosts of “In the Weeds.  “And although listening to our discussion should be helpful, it doesn’t mean listening to the podcast is a substitute for reading the rules.”

The other co-hosts of the “In the Weeds” podcast are TJ Sheehy, Manager of the OLCC’s Marijuana Technical Unit, and Mark Pettinger, OLCC spokesperson.

“We figured this would be a good way to help people working in the industry understand what is and isn’t allowed in the rules,” said Sheehy.  “People in the industry, whether they’re in the front office or on the farm in-the-field, can listen and hopefully share what they learn.”

The fourth episode of “In the Weeds” includes a discussion about the ban on flavored THC vaping products; a conversation with Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director, about the vaping crisis and on-going compliance activities.  The podcast also covers changes in the marijuana license application and renewal process.

The podcast is available through SoundCloud as well as on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, and TuneIn.

Weekend Unlimited Concept Store To Open In California

Retail Store Will Include Weekend Live Lounge & Event Space

NEW YORK: Weekend Unlimited Inc. announces that it has secured a retail location in Long Beach, California to launch the company’s first US concept store.

“It is essential to our growth plan that we establish multiple touch points for our offerings and one of those is at the retail level, where we can inform and learn from customers as they interact with our brands,” said Mr. Paul Chu, Weekend Unlimited President and CEO.

Highlights include:

  • 5000 ftspace will feature 2500 ftretail and 2500 ft2 of Weekend LIVE, lounge space
  • Retail focus on CBD and wellness products, featuring Weekend brands among others
  • Focus on the customer experience and customer feedback on products and brands
  • Community outreach and education seminars to take place in Weekend LIVE space
  • Weekend concept store to open 4/20, Weekend LIVE space to follow

“This space has been designed to provide customers with multiple product lines, featuring Weekend brands, and elevating the experience by having an upstairs Weekend LIVE space that will hold events, education seminars and serve as a lounge with a hemp smoothie bar, coffee and CBD edibles,” added Mr. Chu.

The Higher Ground Legal Stash Box, Valentine’s Day Edition!

A Highly Curated Cannabis Collection

By Michael A. Stusser

While we have yet to discover cannabis-infused edible underwear (ewww!), pretty much every other item you might purchase for your puffing-paramour this Valentine’s Day is available in a canna-friendly version! Chocolates? You bet! Candles! Sure thing! And flowers…? Well – obviously!

Curated from legal markets across the country, the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box highlights the most amazing products and packaging in the burgeoning cannabis industry. Hand-selected by Michael Stusser, host of Higher Ground TV, the items in each anthology represent the gold standard of legal offerings for cannabis connoisseurs!

The notable selections in this month’s Valentine’s Edition of the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box include:

My Bud Vase: One of our favorite companies in the cannabis space is My Bud Vase, which turns elegant vintage vases into gorgeous one-of-a-kind smoking pieces. My Bud Vase are also incredibly discrete, should you wish to put your cannabis lifestyle in plain site. (Ours even came with flowers!) The artist creating these sophisticated devices is Doreen Sullivan, and she’s as fab as her collectables.

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Velvet Swing: With luck, there will be sexy-time.Velvet Swing is the world’s first water-soluble cannabis lubricant. The sensual lube has both THC and CBD, as well as a custom terpene blend designed specifically for sexuality. As Velvet Swing founder Mistress Matisse explains, “THC is a vasodilator, and it sharply increases blood flow to the intimate areas where it’s applied, resulting in very sweetly swollen and sensitized bits. It also stimulates your own natural lubrication. We often refer to Velvet Swing as “liquid foreplay”, and when you try it, you’ll see why!” The combo can improve blood flow, sensation, and orgasmic potential – and who wouldn’t like some of that?! The tagline pretty much says it all: ”Better Orgasms.”

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Cannabis Basics: Love. We love Cannabis Basics, a ground-breaking company created by Ah Warner that’s been concocting Cupid’s cures since 1995. The health and beauty aids in her line include essential oils, whole-plant infusions, and extractions rich in multiple cannabinoids and terpenoids for relaxation and rejuvenation. So this Valentine’s Day, grab some Love Yourself Body Oil, Naked Lip Butter or Hemp Massage Oil from one of our favorite brands.

Passion Dose Pen. With a formula designed specifically to stimulate sensuality and enhance your sexual experience, the Passion pen delivers euphoria (and, for some, with a dominant THC formula, perhaps TOO much euphoria). Best of all, the pen’s innovative design vibrates when you’ve gotten a pre-measured dose – little somethin’ extra for your lip-smackers.  Formulas best for Valentine’s:  Arouse, Calm, Bliss, and our fav, Passion.

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Firefly: The (now vintage) fire-engine-red vaporizer featured in our box is a perfect match for your Valentine’s lipstick, nail polish, cufflinks or tie…Still a classic. The elegant Firefly uses dynamic convection technology to deliver delicious flavorful vapor draws will go well with that chocolate-covered strawberries.

Verdelux Chocolates: Verdelux are creating some of the world’s best edibles, including Bon Bombs and luscious lumen drops. Crafted in small batches, they’re lovingly handmade in the tradition of Victoria confectionaries. The decadent Pink Sapphire bar contains CBD and THC, and is perfect for a relaxing and unwinding on date night.

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The Leira Cannagar: Better than ugly slippers, silly boxers or nasty-scented cologne, a Canna-Gar is perf for St. Valentine’s special day! CannaGars are small-batch cannabis cigars, using the finest flower from grower Gold Leaf Gardens. Each cigar is hand-rolled, and cured. The 6” Corona is full of 10 ounces of primo ganja, then covered in 3 grams of rosin oil – then wrapped in at least two layers of handsome, pure cannabis leaves, making it the most luxurious cigar on the market.

Saints Joints: The exquisite box from Saints and Gold Leaf Gardens is as good as getting jewelry. Gold Leaf reaches back to the botanical roots of the rich Hawaiian islands. Saints also has created The Artist’s Series Pack, a five joint multi-strain sampler collection of all-organic first-rate flower. A percentage of their Limited Edition Pride Packs go to Equal Rights Washington.

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RED ROSES: Ya didn’t think we’d leave out an actual rose, did you!? The best option here, of course, is to grow your own flowers to give as gifts. You can also give a living plant that will grow in your garden for years to come, reminding you of that special person and day. For ganja flowers, you might consider a Valentine’s bouquet from Lowell Farms!

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If you are buying a dozen roses for your loved one, please consider locally grown organic flowers, as this means fewer “flower miles,” and also ask that your local florist switch from plastic cellophane wrapping to butcher’s paper. Growers who have taken steps to minimize ecological impacts and improve worker conditions include Veriflora and Florverde.

EDITORS NOTE: (Sadly), the Higher Ground Legal Stash Box is not available for purchase. Stay tuned to MJHeadline news where we will continue to curate the best in legal cannabis, and highlight the most  innovative and elegant brands in upcoming Higher Ground Legal Stash Boxes.

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Higher Ground is the World’s first talk show highlighting cannabis culture. Think of it as “The Daily Show” meets “Good Morning America”…but with a giant bong on the desk. For more on Higher Ground and host Michael Stusser, visit www.highergroundtv.com  or www.michaelstusser.com

Cannabis Ambassador-At-Large: Jake Partakes Of 24K Gold Cannagar

By Jake The Professor

This week in Seattle Washington the single most expensive cannabis product was purchased and consumed. The Leira 24K Gold Leaf Cannagar was sold at Diego Pellicer for $10,000!

The most expensive cannabis product ever sold

Justin Costillo of GRN Funds with Alejandro Cantos Owner of Diego Pellicer and Jake The Professor 

Justin Costillo is a local Seattle Hedge fund manager for GRN Funds.  He and Alejandro Cantos of Diego Pellicer began a discussion over dinner about the future of the cannabis industry. The conversation focused on setting new, higher standards for the consumer.  Alejandro Cantos, an entrepreneur and owner of Diego Pellicer, shared his goals and visions to create the world’s most luxurious cannabis shopping experience.

“Affordable Luxury” is the brand Alejandro aspires to create. The gentlemen crafted a plan to expedite the process. Justin Costillo decided he would purchase the most luxurious cannabis product ever produced. Forever securing his place in history as the first and only person to acquire the $10,000 El Dorado (see my previous column here).  This one-of-a-kind, handcrafted cannabis cigar could only be purchased from the most luxurious cannabis retailer in Seattle, Diego Pellicer.

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This one of a kind hand crafted beauty takes skills to create. A product such as this could fetch $10,000 was the notion of Ariel Payopay CEO of Leira.

Goldleaf Gardens on hand while Ariel and Brian Payopay wait for an approving nod

Goldleaf Gardens on hand while Ariel and Brian Payopay wait for an approving nod


The company name is owned and operated by the Payopay brothers, Ariel and Brian. Leira is Ariel spelled backwards. Ariel and his brother had the vision to create the finest high-end luxury products on the market — the best of the best. All products can’t be a Cadillac. A Buick may drive like a Cadillac, but it still ain’t a Cadillac! 

The Poyopay family are from Hawaii and every aspect of their operation is “Aloha Grown,” they are proud to say.  Ariel and Brian use all natural inputs, pesticide free and  “Clean Green Certified Cannabis” to create the state’s most expensive cannabis products ever manufactured and sold.

Alejandro Cantos 25 year old entrepreneur and owner of Diego Pellicer

Alejandro Cantos 25 year old entrepreneur and owner of Diego Pellicer

On June 18th 2018 at 4:20, in a penthouse on 2ed Ave in Seattle Washington, the 24K Gold Leaf El Dorado was carefully removed from its humidor (generously included in the $10,000 price , along with a fancy lighter and cigar cutter) The El Dorado is a full ounce of premium Goldleaf Gardens cannabis, wrapped in a thin layer of Polar Extracts premium Rosin.  The 7-inch long El Dorado was removed from its protective wax-sealed glass tube. It was closely admired by those of us that who had the good fortune to be present. The new owner then lit his new fancy cigar lighter and began to gently “roast” the very tip of the El Dorado before we all shared in this truly historic cannabis moment. 

We all were very aware what a truly special occasion this was. After all, when does the guy who sold you the weed get to smoke it with you? Unheard of, but there we were! Each of us with a look that said, ‘Can you believe we are smoking a $10,000 cigar?’

Jake enjoys the world's most expensive cannagar

Jake enjoys the world’s most expensive cannagar


The Professors favorite protege, Harley aka @imfamousprude, picks up what I drop:  On that hot June day on the 39th Floor of a penthouse suite cannabis history was made and then smoked. I know, I was there. 

There is an argument that can be made about the ostentatious display of wealth and influence this item portrays. I understand. I also understand the passion and vision of Alejandro Cantos and Ariel Payopay. The both said they wanted to offer the very finest luxury experience in the cannabis market.  I say with the creation of the El Dorado and subsequent sale of this one of a kind product by Diego Pellicer, this is by far the best and most luxurious cannabis product ever produced. History was indeed made.

I heard the the Payopay Brothers speaking about their next project. All I can say is stay tuned on what you will see next from each of these visionaries in this story. One thing this writer is certain of, you haven’t heard the last about the famous El Dorado. 

Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased As A Consequence Of Legalization

OREGON: The enactment of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident outcomes in Colorado and Washington following legalization to those in other states with similar pre-legalization economic and traffic trends. They reported, “We find that states that legalized marijuana have not experienced significantly different rates of marijuana- or alcohol-related traffic fatalities relative to their synthetic controls.”

Authors concluded, “In summary, the similar trajectory of traffic fatalities in Washington and Colorado relative to their synthetic control counterparts yield little evidence that the total rate of traffic fatalities has increased significantly as a consequence of recreational marijuana legalization.”

The study’s findings are similar to those of a 2017 study published in The American Journal of Public Health which reported, “Three years after recreational marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were not statistically different from those in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization.”

A 2016 study reported that the enactment of medical cannabis legislation is associated with an immediate decline in traffic fatalities among younger drivers.


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Early evidence on recreational marijuana legalization and traffic fatalities” is available from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

What is a Nectar Collector?

By Doug Mackar

Nectar collector are the ultimate one hitter for dabs. They consist of three main components: the tip, body and mouthpiece. The tip is made of glass, titanium or quartz, and is the only part of the collector that comes in direct contact with your concentrate. The mouthpiece is a removable glass extension much like the end of a chillum. The body of the collector may be a straight glass tube, or it may have a chamber with a percolator or diffuser in it.

The advantage over a dab rig is that nectar collectors are extremely efficient. Using a nectar collector is like sucking water through a straw. You only smoke what the tip comes in contact with, so there is little to no waste of your wax or oil, which you smoke out of a small glass dish. The biggest advantage, though, is that a nectar collector is the best way to get the best taste out of your concentrates. A nectar collector is definitely worth having in your arsenal.

nectar_collector_01Here’s How it Works

1. Fill it

If your collector has a chamber, start by filling it with water. Fill it halfway to start, then see what works best for you.

IMPORTANT: Filling your collector with water before putting the tip on is imperative so that water does not get trapped in the tip. Trapped water can cause cracking when it is heated up.

2. Connect it

Push the tip and mouthpiece in and turn it like tightening a lightbulb. The two parts “catch” each other and remain in place.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the tip is completely secure before you start to heat it up, otherwise it may fall out and burn you. Some kits have clips to attach the tip to the body.

3. Heat it

Hold the collector horizontally and heat the tip with your torch. Holding it horizontal keeps any oil or wax in the tip from leaking out. Excess heat causes cracking of the glass joint over time. It doesn’t need to be glowing red to work. Also, you’ll want to try different levels of heat with different types of concentrates, so experiment or ask your local budtender.

4. Smoke it

Touch the tip to the concentrate in the dish and draw in the smoke. Keep along the edges of the dish to keep the rest of your concentrate tasting good. If you start from the middle, you’ll burn the edges of the rest of your concentrate. Some smokers suggest drawing air through before you reach the oil in the dish.

nectar_collector_025. Clean it

Let it cool first. Remove the tip and mouthpiece. Don’t force it. If it gets stuck, submerge the entire piece in a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a minute. That should do the trick. To empty the chamber of water, hold it over the sink and blow through it.

To check out more styles of nectar collectors, see exact dimensions, or purchase one, just click here: NECTAR COLLECTORS

 

 

Marley Natural Launches New ‘Studio’ Line Of Cannabis Flower In California

CALIFORNIA: Marley Natural, the official Bob Marley cannabis brand, today announced the debut of Studio, a new line of cannabis flower available in California. Inspired by the collaborations that brought Bob Marley’s music to life, Marley Natural Studio strains are masterpieces of modern indoor herb, created with gifted producers who share our positive vision for artistry, craft, and responsible cultivation.

Bob Marley’s name is synonymous with both electrifying live performances and enduring records still enjoyed by people all over the world. “My father said herb helped him contemplate the world and create music,” said Cedella Marley. “He would have some herb and write music or go to the studio. He believed the herb inspired and nurtured him.”

The Marley Natural STUDIO strains were developed in the same spirit. Like the partnership between artist and producer, we hand-selected our cultivation partners to ensure our vision was realized. Growing partners for the STUDIO line are local farmers committed to sustainable growing practices.

“We’re proud to expand our cannabis offering to include the STUDIO line,” said Berrin Noorata, Director of Marketing at Marley Natural. “Respectfully cultivated by producers that are best in their craft, our STUDIO line features strains you’ll want to experience again and again.”

Marley Natural STUDIO strains are available at select dispensary locations in California. To find Marley Natural STUDIO strains near you, visit https://www.marleynatural.com/studio-collection.

 

New Luxury Cannabis Brand Brings Haute High To Cannabis Consumers

NEW YORK: As the Cannabis legalization movement continues to gain momentum across the U.S., a new market has emerged of high-end consumers.  Toast, a luxury, lifestyle Cannabis brand that provides a sophisticated consumer experience, is redefining how consumers enjoy Cannabis. Born in Aspen, Colorado, and bred on the pillars of purity, style, and luxury, Toast a new world order for the etiquette of recreational Cannabis use.

Toast provides a trusted quality and refined experience in which each puff is like having a sip of champagne and each full Slice™ is like having a generous glass. Each Slice™ is developed using a proprietary manufacturing process and 100% Cannabis blend, which result in a consistent and ideal experience for the Toast™ consumer.

The Toast experience will activate the mind and relax the body while keeping the consumer in control – the ideal state of mind for making social connections. Toast presents consumers with an instinctive experience that allows them complete control over their level of indulgence. As a responsible leader in the Cannabis industry, Toast is committed to safe consumption practices providing a uniform and predictable experience, allowing users to more carefully monitor and regulate their intake.

Toast establishes a new etiquette for the Cannabis industry embracing how smoking Cannabis in controlled and mild doses can enhance a social experience. A recent study from Miner & Co. Studio stated that an “…overwhelming majority of Cannabis Consumers [polled] are consuming Cannabis and Cannabis products to enhance their daily and social experiences.  95% prefer a high that allows them to be ‘present’, ‘mindful’ and/or ‘focused’…”

Punit Seth, Co-Founder and CEO states, “Toast has the hypothesis that our consumers want to enjoy Cannabis with the reliability, ease and potency of a fine cocktail or wine – that is, not like a drug but a lifestyle enhancement through social and responsible consumption.  Market tests overwhelmingly supported that claim and that Toast™ is the only brand for the people who seek to share an elegant, fun, and controlled Cannabis experience with friends.”

Toast is co-founded by a set of successful former executives including CEO Punit Seth (previously at Bridgewater Associates and Accenture) and Senior Advisor Chris Burggraeve (former Global CMO of Anheuser-Busch InBev). Together, the founders have harnessed their individual expertise in finance and operations, digital, entrepreneurship, and consumer brand building to elevate Toast to the forefront of the Cannabis marketplace.  The founders have a shared mission to help shape the burgeoning Cannabis market (estimated to grow to $50B) into one that encourages social and responsible consumption.

“Cannabis is starting to lose its taboo and slowly but surely becoming societally acceptable. As a direct result of the mainstreaming of Cannabis, brands like Toast will be the standard bearers for responsible, beautiful, and consistent usage.”  Eddie Miller, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer stated.

Toast  will be available at The Original Leaf in Aspen, CO. starting on February 10th, 2017 and be available in other select dispensaries across the state.