Cannabiniers Opens First-Ever Cannabis Speakeasy At Las Vegas ReLeaf

CALIFORNIA: Cannabiniers, a beverage, technology & brand management company revolutionizing the cannabis industry with first to market, patented, safe, natural and fast acting infusion technology, announced the debut of the industry’s first cannabis speakeasy, Dana’s Place, at Las Vegas ReLeaf. Dana’s Place is the first roll-out of dispensary non-infused craft tasting bars offering Cannabiniers’ full portfolio; including Two Roots Brewing, Just Society cold brew coffees and teas, BASKiN health & beauty products, and soon Creative Waters Beverage Company “Mocktails” and more.

CannabiniersIn homage to the late Dana Bernstein, daughter of Cannabiniers co-founder Ed Bernstein, who succumbed to a life long struggle with Crohn’s disease in 2017, Dana’s Place represents the industry’s first in-dispensary craft tasting bar, designed to transform the practice of warehousing consumers at dispensaries and into an experiential brand engagement. Straddling both the lobby and sales floor of Las Vegas ReLeaf, Dana’s Place serves as an ice-breaker, educator and retail merchandizing feature helping both tourists and locals better understand the products offered in an non-fused form, in a setting most have experience with.

“As the company that launched Two Roots, the world’s first cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft Cannabier, we’re excited to debut the first ever in dispensary craft tasting bar, Dana’s Place,” said Timothy Walters, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cannabiniers. “The speakeasy style of the bar is especially fitting for the cannabis industry, as the plant continues to come out of the shadows and enter into the mainstream space. The underground vibe reminds us of the days when alcohol, a beverage millions of American’s enjoy responsibly for relaxation and celebration alike, was also subjected to restrictive laws under prohibition. A Cannabiniers’ tasting bar will serve as an extension of a company’s core beliefs – that cannabis can be a positive and impactful addition to our everyday lives.”

The opening of Dana’s Place at Las Vegas ReLeaf is the first in a series of Cannabinier tasting bars to appear throughout dispensaries across the country, all of which showcase Two Roots Brewing. Cannabiniers’ vision is to create revolutionary products that are safe, natural, responsible, and lifestyle integrated; through which Cannabiniers’ brands will normalize cannabis consumption for both medical and adult use.

“Dana was an inspiration for us when we first opened Las Vegas ReLeaf. She found comfort in medical cannabis, as it eased her painful symptoms,” said Co-Founder of Cannabiniers, Ed Bernstein. “When we decided to create this experience in our dispensary, we wanted to offer a safe and comfortable place for consumers to learn about product offerings, and naming the space after Dana was a natural way for her legacy to live on. With the backdrop of corporate ambitions and the massive consumer interest, it is important that we never forget our roots, and the reasons that we entered the cannabis industry in the first place.”

Have A Heart Makes Its Debut In Iowa With Two New Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Cannabis retailer arrives in the quad city with grand openings in Council Bluffs and Davenport

IOWA: This weekend, Have a Heart celebrates the grand openings of its first stores in Iowa. The company will bring its deep expertise in the medical cannabis industry to the Council Bluffs and Davenport communities.

have a heart“We started as a medical dispensary many years ago, so our team possesses a core expertise in this area,” said Ryan Kunkel, CEO of Have a Heart. “Whether they’re living with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, or going through palliative cancer care, we’re proud to be able to provide patients in the Council Bluffs and Davenport communities with the best cannabis medicine, in a pleasant, non-intimidating environment.”

The Council Bluffs shop is located at 3615 9th avenue, next to Omaha, NE (across the Missouri River). Davenport is located on 2222 E 53rd Street, off of the I-74 Highway. Kunkel and Ed Mitchell, Have a Heart’s chief operations officer, attended green-ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both stores. They were joined by State Rep. Charlie McConkey and Mayor Matt Walsh from Council Bluffs.

“Patients who have a qualifying illness will no longer have to drive great distances to get their medicine,” said Council Bluffs’ Mayor Matt Walsh. “Have a Heart has provided our community with a safe environment where patients have access to a variety of medical cannabis products.”

Have a Heart was recently rated by High Times as one of the best cannabis dispensaries in the United States, and earned the distinction as Seattle’s top-selling cannabis retailer from the Puget Sound Business Journal. The company recently closed $25 million in series A financing, the largest private financing round for a pure-play U.S. retail cannabis company to date.

Have a Heart has retail stores across the nation including: Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, California and now Iowa, with additional stores opening soon in Ohio. The company has more than eighteen applications pending, including in five additional states. In addition, it has more than twenty sites under negotiation with potential merger partners in another four states.

Colorado To Cannabis Retailers: How We Doing?

COLORADO:  The State of Colorado wants to be a better partner it’s legally-licensed pot shops, and in an effort to better understand their needs has tapped the expertise of Clear Voice Research to conduct a first-ever research study.  Designed to help inform how the Colorado Department of Health and Environment can be a better partner to the state’s marijuana retailers, and make improvements to its Good to Know campaign, the state is scheduling 75-minute focus groups for April 10 and 11 across Colorado, and is seeking industry participants.  If you qualify for and complete the focus group you will be rewarded $60 cash.

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The purpose of the study is to better understand customer experiences in predominantly recreational marijuana dispensaries across the state. For that reason, this survey be completed by staff members who work in the “front of house” and is responsible for handling customer interactions and transactions.

Think that’s you? Click HERE to continue. 

Not you, but you think your staff would be interested? Please forward this email along to them.

Your time and participation are greatly appreciated! If you have any questions or problems with the survey, please contact Kate directly at kate.flaherty@clearvoiceresearch.com or at 303-895-3596.

The fine print: This survey is being conducted by ClearVoice Research, Inc. an independent research firm based in Denver, Colorado. ClearVoice Research respects your privacy and any answers or information you share with us will remain completely confidential. This email contact is for research purposes only. Nothing you share with us will ever be used for sales or marketing purposes.

The Wink in Weed: How Redmond, Washington’s First Legal Pot Shop Will Forever Change The City That Bill Gates Built

By David Rheins

WASHINGTON: Redmond, Washington, is famously the home of Microsoft and Nintendo America, and less famously known as the Bicycle Capital of the World.  The affluent community is home to 60,000 residents, it’s quaint streets lined with upscale shopping choices providing a local population of techies and young families with all their daily needs: Starbucks Coffee, Hot Pot Donuts, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and now thanks to the opening of the town’s first legal pot shop — Always Greener Downtown – a fine selection of curated cannabis products.

Established by Redmond’s Jenny Carbon and Shauna Mindt, Always Greener Downtown is a gorgeous shop with natural woods and an organic design that feels more like a jewelry store than dispensary.  The new 502 store joins some 370 licensed marijuana retailers already operating in Washington State, but theirs is not just another pot shop opening.  Redmond is ground zero for Washington’s successful technology industry, and the town is home to many “Microsoft millionaires” and their compatriots who demand the best of mainstream American consumer culture.

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The inclusion of Always Greener Downtown – prominently located in the heart of Redmond’s shopping district — is a victory for cannabis normalization, and a testament to the tireless efforts of Jenny and Shauna and their many cannabis industry supporters who turned out to testify at the countless Redmond City Council Zoning board hearings. The seamless integration of a legal pot shop into the fabric of the community will forever change what it means to be a pot smoker in Redmond.

GrasshopperHub CEO Heidi Arsenault was customer #1 at opening of Always Greener Downtown

GrasshopperHub CEO Heidi Arsenault was customer #1 at opening of Always Greener Downtown

I sat down with Jenny Carbon, and asked her to reflect on the historic store opening.

Q: What does it feel like to be the first pot shop in Microsoft’s home town?

A: We love our local clientele, whether they be Microsofties, local small business or out-of-towners.  Our community has been underserved and unregulated for far too long and we are thrilled when we hear how happy people are that they no longer have to fight traffic to find their products.

Q: It took you 3 years after applying for your license to open your store.  Why was it so difficult?

A: Redmond had a moratorium, once that was lifted it was confirmed that there was NO retail zoning that fit the 1,000 ft. buffers. We had to file to amend the 2030 comprehensive plan to create zoning. We were put on a 18 month wait list, once our issue was heard it went to planning commission for months of discussion, then went to council for a public hearing. In the meantime, legislation passed that allowed for buffers to be reduced and council approved 100ft buffers from parks and playgrounds, which we have a plethora of in Redmond.

Q: Tell us about the store decor, and why you decided to spend so much money on natural materials and reclaimed woods.

A: Choosing materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable just takes a bit more intention, the cost was not much different than most other products out there, but choices are not as readily available, so we had to take the time to source the products. We felt that any way we could help to reduce our carbon footprint was worthwhile. We know that matters to Redmond and wanted to bring our “Always Greener” concept full circle.

Q: What kind of cannabis products will you carry?

A: We carry flower, concentrates and edibles. We have some paraphernalia in house but plan to expand our collection as we grow.

Q: Next to your 502 shop, you will soon be opening Always Greener Mercantile.   What are your plans for that space?

A: AG Mercantile will be a place to showcase our branded eco-friendly apparel line, as well as support our local merchants and artists. We will feature cannabis related products as well as other novelties and non-psychoactive forms of cannabis such as HEMP and CBD products.

Q: The artistic work of Michael Guttsen is featured in the space now.  Who is he and what is his relevance?

A: Michael Guttsen is an artistic genius. He was someone who understood our vision early on and brought what we were thinking and feeling to life through our brand expression. He has done a plethora of work over the years, in many media forms and perceives the world through a larger lens than I could ever imagine. We have danced to a similar drumbeat which has enabled us to develop a kinship and synergy the easily allows for visual creations to appear. He is our muse, and we are forever grateful.

Q: The town of Redmond is abuzz with excitement for a weekend-long grand opening celebration, complete with ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local politicians, luminaries and industry VIPs. Can you share with us the schedule of festivities?

A: The Grand Opening Celebration begins at “High Noon” on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. 

Highlights include:

Friday

12:00

  • Joy Beckerman presents us with true hemp cord for our cutting ceremony.
  • City officials, OneRedmond, as well as Redmond Reporter will join us for the cutting followed by cakes by Lisa Dupar catering (owner of Pomegrate Bistro, a Redmond favorite).

12:00-3:00

  • Hans Brehmer (jazz pianist) with guest Bassist & our very own Shauna Mindt accompanying them on tap!

Vendors:

12:00-3:00

  • Green Barn Farms

3:00-6:00

  • Washington Bud Co

6:00-9:00

  • Dynamic Harvest
  • Galaxy Donuts (and more!) 3-6pm

Saturday

12:00-5:00

  • Peach and the Pig Food Truck- Incredible pork sandwiches
  • Hans Brehmer (jazz pianist) with guest Bassist

4:00-6:00

  • Joe Duce of Trainwreck for some good old Grateful dead and classic rock

Vendors:

12:00-3:00

  • Mother Earth Farms

3:00-6:00

  • Hemp Zen
  • Ionic

6:00-9:00

  • Bad Ass Grass

Sunday

12:00-2:00

  • African drumming with Alex and friends
  • Espresso cart
  • Top Pot Donuts

Vendors:

10:00-1:00

  • Bondi Farms

1:00-3:00

  • Willie’s Reserve

 

Bellevue Parents Call For Pot Shop Ban

WASHINGTON: Parents Against Marijuana Near Schools (PAMNS) are against the location of the proposed Marijuana Retail Store “Green Theory” in Bellevue, WA (Factoria).

Mike Griffith from Par 5 Investment has filed an application for a permit to change the use in an existing building in Factoria from a driving education service and offices to a retail use for marijuana products.

According to the petition, “The location for this proposed marijuana store is poorly conceived and ill advised given the large number of vulnerable and impressionable children and young people who visit many of the businesses and public entities in the area.”

Vancouver WA Pot Shops Report Traffic Dips After Oregon Sales Launch

By Sue Vorenberg

WASHINGTON: Pot shops in Vancouver, Washington, reported weekend traffic dips of 10 to 20 percent after the launch of Oregon’s early start recreational cannabis sales on Oct. 1, 2015.

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Stores in the city, including two of the three largest pot shops in Washington, have been heavily dependent on Portland consumers, who frequently crossed the border to Washington while recreational pot remained illegal in Oregon.

At some Vancouver stores, Portland traffic made up about 50 percent of their business. So traffic dips of 10 to 20 percent aren’t as bad as they could have been.

Main Street Marijuana, the largest retail store in Washington, dropped its sales prices by 25 percent a few days prior to Oct. 1 in hopes of luring Portlanders over the border.

Ramsey Hamide, the owner, said that seems to have helped stave off a larger traffic dip – but it is still hurting the company’s bottom line.

Oregon Marijuana Dispensaries Report Brisk Sales On Opening Day

OREGON: The line formed at Oregrown before the doors opened at 8 a.m. Thursday and stayed that way until the shop closed nearly 16 hours later.

The numbers alone tell the story: More than 1,100 customers came through the downtown Bend shop on Thursday, the first day of legal marijuana sales in Oregon, said Oregrown owner Aviv Hadar. In all, they spent a staggering $55,000.

“The numbers just blew us away,” he said.

Legal recreational marijuana sales got underway in Oregon this week with 245 dispensaries eligible to sell the drug. Many shops in Portland, home to more than 100 marijuana dispensaries, saw brisk business Thursday.

You Can Now Buy Marijuana Legally In Oregon

OREGON: It’s high time!

At 12 a.m. on Thursday, it became legal for medical dispensaries across Oregon to sell marijuana, seeds and immature plants to anyone over the age of 21. Excited customers lined up outside dispensaries in Portland, waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

One of them was Davia Fleming, 29, the first in line outside Shango dispensary and therefore one of the state’s first legal cannabis customers. For her, legalization means more than her ability to smoke without fear of prosecution. Cannabis keeps her stable, she said.

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Davia Fleming waits outside Shango dispensary in Portland, where she’ll be one of Oregon’s first legal marijuana customers.

“What a great night! It’s legal!” she said. “I have ADHD so it makes thinking processes a little chaotic, and I discovered that marijuana kind of helps organize me and my creative functions.”

Oregon’s Legal Sale Of Marijuana Comes With Reprieve

OREGON: About 15 years ago, when she was in her 20s, Erika Walton handed a bong to someone who turned out be a police officer, and was cited for marijuana possession. She paid the fine, she said, but the violation lingered on, haunting her record.

On a recent afternoon, Ms. Walton was at a free legal clinic here in Oregon’s largest city, filling out paperwork to have that infraction forever sealed. Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

“It’s taken away a lot of my life,” Ms. Walton said as she inked out her fingerprints, which Oregon requires applicants for sealing to file. The mark on her record was minor — a citation for possession under Oregon law, even back then, was below the level of a misdemeanor, roughly equivalent to riding the light rail without a ticket. But it still cost her, she said, when she had to divulge it on applications for jobs and volunteer positions at her children’s school.

Marijuana Stores Could Double In Washington State

WASHINGTON: Washington could get lots more pot stores.

State regulators will allow medical marijuana providers to seek retail licenses later this fall. There are no strict limits on how many new licenses could be granted, and there is no requirement that they focus on medical patients.

This sounds like it could mean more competition. But it also means that all pot stores will be on equal footing.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 launched Washington’s regulated marijuana system. But officials watched in dismay as hundreds of unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries sprouted on street corners around the state. Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesman Brian Smith said the number of new licenses his agency can grant is open-ended.