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Reward Your Regular Customers With a Dispensary Loyalty Program

In the increasingly competitive cannabis industry, it can be hard to stay ahead of the curve. Ensuring that you retain your customers’ loyalty and give them a reason to return to your store can be an ongoing process.

One of the best ways to encourage regular business among repeat customers is to offer rewards for those who do. A loyalty program allows customers to earn points for every dollar they spent–it helps you get rid of excess inventory that might not otherwise sell and gives customers and patients a great incentive to keep coming back, perhaps with new friends and patient referrals in tow.

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Here are a few examples of exemplary loyalty programs from dispensaries across the United States.

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Dockside Cannabis

Dockside Cannabis is one of the pioneering brands in Seattle when it comes to unique innovation, and it’s one of the first retail cannabis stores to create a loyalty program to encourage repeat business. The location offers an in-store kiosk where customers can enter their cell phone number. Every time members check in, they earn more points, adding up to great deals and discounts with each visit.

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Infinite Wellness Center

With two locations in Fort Collins and Lakewood, Infinite Wellness Center offers a Loyalty Member program that gives any retail customers a point for every dollar spent and bonus points for checking in. Medical marijuana patients with a valid registry card get even more benefits–a $50 patient gift voucher, a free hat or T-shirt, and lower prices on flower!

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Silver Stem Fine Cannabis

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis offers both a Primary Patient Program, a Loyalty Program, a discount for new customers and patients, cash back on all purchases, and a bonus of $100 when they refer a friend. The dispensary chain has two locations in Portland, Oregon, and four locations in Colorado, all of which honor the Silver Seeds Loyalty Program.

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Urban Greenhouse

Customers who join the Bonus Buds Rewards Program at Urban Greenhouse in Phoenix, Arizona can get the most bang for their buck earning points that add up to spendable cash in-store. As soon as they reach 250 points (or $25), points can be redeemed to use towards any merchandise or cannabis products.

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LivWell

By becoming a free rewards member through LivWell‘s Colorado dispensaries and retail shops, customers earn points towards future purchases for every dollar spent. They also earn points for referring friends, and receive extra points on their birthday and LivWell Rewards anniversary date. Members also receive special promotional emails and news.

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The Jazz Club

Repeatedly earning the #1 spot on Michigan’s Leafly List, the Jazz Club in Detroit offers generous rewards to loyal patients, including 500 bonus points for referring a new patient, matching donations and a gift bag for first-time patients, and great daily deals. There’s a reason it’s been voted best of Michigan and #3 for medical marijuana dispensaries nationwide.

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Bloom Room

All California dispensaries require a membership signup, but Bloom Room treats its patients with a little more TLC. The location offers free massage and reiki healing, joint-rolling workshops, and product sampling demos, and even serves the community with monthly volunteering opportunities. It’s a loyalty program with more heart and soul than just a few discounts (but don’t worry, it offers patient deals, too).

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Southwest Patient Group

Southwest Patient Group in San Diego goes out of its way to ensure that patients have many reasons to return. From first-time patient discounts for the first three visits to monthly specials to loyalty points accruing for every dollar spent, SPG knows how to treat its patients with love and compassion and keep them coming back for more. It even offers bonus refer-a-friend hookups for both the customer and their referral!

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Have you had success with a dispensary loyalty program? Share your tips and tricks for customer retention in the comments!


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Nevada Wholesaler Steps Up to Restock Dispensaries

Nevada’s cannabis crisis may have been averted…at least for the time-being.

New Cannabis Ventures reports that a cannabis distribution company known as Blackbird Logistics will be helping restock empty shelves at newly opened Nevada dispensaries and retail cannabis shops for the first time since legalization went into effect on July 1.

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Blackbird Logistics is an ancillary company based out of Reno and offers a number of services, including a point-of-sale system, home and dispensary delivery services, data collection, and, most crucially in this instance, facility transportation from producer to retailer.

When Question 2 was passed last November, the text specifically allowed for alcohol wholesalers to have the first crack at cannabis distribution licenses for the first 18 months of retail cannabis sales. This created a lawsuit that nearly delayed the opening of the first retail shops, as alcohol wholesalers fought medical marijuana distributors for the right to produce and distribute cannabis for Nevada’s legal market. However, the Nevada Department of Taxation released a statement that, as of July 5, none of the seven alcohol wholesalers that have applied met the application requirements to complete the licensing process.

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With distribution licenses tied up in litigation, dispensaries and retailers were restricted to selling only what was already on the shelves on June 30th before opening day. With legal cannabis in high demand on the tourist circuit, retailers ran out of cannabis so quickly that Governor Brian Sandoval agreed to sign an emergency regulation to expand distribution licenses.

Blackbird Logistics has been a medical marijuana distributor since 2015, but recently partnered with an alcohol distributor to allow them to distribute cannabis on the retail market, making them officially the first licensed cannabis distributor on the legal Nevada market.

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The Nevada Tax Commission is scheduled to meet July 13th to determine whether there will be enough alcohol wholesalers to distribute cannabis, and they may adopt the emergency regulations in an effort to support new retail business and avoid customer diversion to the black market.

There are currently 47 licensed cannabis retailers spread across Nevada, selling approximately $3 million worth of cannabis in just the first four days of legal sales. State officials are expecting sales to top $30 million by the end of 2017, making a licensed distributor all the more important in the coming weeks.


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Confirmed: Canadian Cannabis Patients Love Their (Imperiled) Dispensaries

As Canada heads to its proposed July 2018 passage of the recreational marijuana-legalizing Cannabis Act, the country remains peppered with illegal-yet-operational cannabis dispensaries, where adults can purchase marijuana products at will. According to a new study by the University of British Columbia, these imperiled dispensaries are beloved fixtures in the lives of Canada’s medical marijuana patients, many of whom prefer procuring their medicine from such unlicensed dispensaries rather than taking the legal mail-order route.

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“We know that about 80 per cent of patients use dispensaries, even those who are authorized to buy cannabis legally,” said UBC study leader Rielle Capler  to the Indo-Canadian Voice. “So what is interesting is to get some understanding of why. What we found is that patients who use dispensaries are highly satisfied with the services and products that they are getting.”

Among the areas of high customer satisfaction: quality, safety, availability, and efficiency. Less satisfying: dispensary products’ costs. “Cost is still a really important issue for patients,” said Capler. “If they can’t grow it themselves or have somebody grow it for them, they’re going to be getting it from a third party.”

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As for the place such dispensaries might find in post-legalization Canada, Capler is cautiously optimistic. “I hope this research can inform that by highlighting the role that dispensaries are currently playing, and the satisfaction that people have with these sources,” said Capler to the Voice. “Provincial regulators will be assessing storefront access, and I do think it would be instructive for them to look at the natural experiment that’s been happening for the past 20 years in Canada with dispensaries and seeing how effective it is, and using that data to inform their decisions. Clearly dispensaries are already playing a big role in cannabis access in Canada. They’ll have to either look at continuing that—licensing them and putting them into a legal framework—or drawing on what’s working and not working in dispensaries as they build a new model.”


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Does Closing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Increase Crime? Study Says Yes

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions mulls over how to take down legal cannabis in the United States—making ludicrous comments like “DARE became fundamental to our success,” to a group of supporters of the war on drugs—a new study shows that closing medical marijuana dispensaries actually increases crime in the area where they operated.

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Published in July’s Journal of Urban Economics, the study Going to Pot? The Impact of Dispensary Closures on Crime, by Tom Chang of the USC Marshall School of Business and Mireille Jacobson of the Paul Merage School of Business at UC-Irvine, correlates medical dispensaries to restaurants.

The study found a connection between restaurants and dispensaries—specifically, when either one closed in the Los Angeles area (where the study took place), crime increased around the former location. Both medical dispensaries and restaurants attract bystanders and eyeballs, and if one of those closes in an area, it generally leads to certain types of crime, mainly property crime and car thefts.

“Contrary to popular wisdom, we found an immediate increase in crime around dispensaries ordered to close relative to those allowed to remain open,” Jacobson told Science Daily.

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Jacobson adds, “The connection between restaurants and medical marijuana dispensaries is that they both contribute to the ‘walkability score’ of a given area. Areas with higher scores have more ‘eyes upon the street’—a factor that is proven to deter some types of crime.”

When the two professors examined the impact of temporary restaurant closures in Los Angeles County, they found an increase in crime similar to what they found with medical dispensaries: an increase in car thefts, property crime, and thefts.

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Both Jacobson and Chang attributed this result to the fact that these types of crimes are generally deterred if bystanders are present. Also, the study found that once a restaurant reopened, crime immediately went back to where it was before the closure.

As Jacobson said, “We can conclude from our research that retail businesses are effective in lowering crime, even when the retail business is a medical marijuana dispensary.”

To check out the full study, you can find it here.

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Pennsylvania Grants 27 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health announced the winners of 27 medical cannabis dispensary permits on Thursday. The licensees now have six months to become fully operational, with medical marijuana sales expected to begin in the state sometime next year.

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“This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications,” John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said in a statement. “Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018.”

The state received 280 applications for dispensary licenses, which then were scored by a panel of subject-area experts. Companies that applied to get a dispensary license could apply for one main facility and up to two satellite dispensaries.

GPD-permittees-phase-1Those in the Philadelphia area will initially have three dispensaries to choose from, although PhillyVoice reports that eventually a fourth will open, to be operated by Montgomery County permit holder TerraVida Holistic Centers.

In addition to the 27 dispensary permits, the state granted 12 grower licenses and selected MJ Freeway to implement the state’s electronic seed-to-sale tracking system.

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Pennsylvania MMJ Licensing Draws Hundreds of Applicants

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act became effective on May 17, 2016, but has run into a number of delays. The program is expected to be fully up and running in early 2018.

Here’s the full list of dispensaries that were granted licenses:

Application ID # Business Name Business State Primary Dispensary Name Primary Dispensary Street Address Primary Dispensary City Primary Dispensary County 2nd Dispensary Name 2nd Dispensary Street Address 2nd Dispensary City 2nd Dispensary County 3rd Dispensary Name 3rd Dispensary Street Address 3rd Dispensary City 3rd Dispensary County
D‐6002 GTI Pennsylvania, LLC IL GTI Erie Dispensary 7789 W. Ridge Road Fairview Erie NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐6009 Dubois Wellness Center LLC PA Dubois Wellness Center LLC 109 Main Street Bradford McKean Dubois Wellness Center LLC 1222 South Brady Street Dubois Clearfield Dubois Wellness Center LLC 240 W Main Street Brookville Jefferson
D‐5030 Maitri Medicinals, LLC PA Maitri Medicinals ‐ Oakland 2846 Blvd of the Allies Pittsburgh Allegheny Maitri Medicinals ‐ Uniontown 7 West Main St Uniontown Fayette NA NA NA NA
D‐5050 Keystone Relief Centers, LLC PA Keystone Relief Centers‐ Squirrel Hill 3885 Forward Avenue Pittsburgh Allegheny Keystone Relief Centers‐ Jackson’s Pointe corner of Jackson Land and Jackson
Pointe Court
Zelienople Butler NA NA NA NA
D‐5016 Cresco Yeltrah, LLC PA Butler County Dispensary Facility 201 Pillow Street Butler Butler NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐5026 The Healing Center LLC PA The Healing Center 799 West Chestnut St Washington Washington The Healing Center 130 Mall Circle Blvd Monroeville Allegheny The Healing Center 270 Executive Dr Cranberry Butler
D‐5006 Keystone Integrated Care, LLC PA Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 303 East Pittsburgh St Greensburg Westmoreland Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 5200 Harrison Street Pittsburgh Allegheny Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 21181 Route 19 Cranberry Township Butler
D‐4007 PA Health & Wellness LLC PA PA Health & Wellness 2105 N. Atherton St. State College Centre NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐4012 Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC PA Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC 1322 West 4th Street Williamsport Lycoming NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐3016 Lebanon Wellness Center LLC PA Lebanon Wellness Center LLC 514 E Pleasant Valley Blvd Altoona Blair Lebanon Wellness Center LLC 847 Cumberland Street Lebanon Lebanon Lebanon Wellness Center LLC 19 Baltimore Street Gettysburg Adams
D‐3023 Organic Remedies, Inc. PA Organic Remedies, Inc. 4425 Valley Road Enola Cumberland Organic Remedies, Inc. 600 Wayne Avenue Chambersburg Franklin NA NA NA NA
D‐3025 KW Ventures Holdings LLC PA Firefly Dispensaries 801 South Front St. Steelton Dauphin Firefly Dispensaries 1737 Lincoln Way E. Chambersburg Franklin Firefly Dispensaries 872 Harrisburg Pike Carlisle Cumberland
D‐3029 Cansortium Pennsylvania, LLC PA Knox Medical 6444‐652 Frederick St Hanover York NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐2006 Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC AZ Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC 2733 W. Emmaus Avenue Allentown Lehigh NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐2009 Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC PA Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC – Keyser Dispensary 1790 North Keyser Ave Scranton Lackawanna Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC – Kidder Street Dispensary 765 Kidder Street Wilkes‐Barre Luzerne Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC – Tobyhanna Dispensary RT 940 and Kimberly Dr Blakeslee Monroe
D‐2013 Justice Grown Pennsylvania LLC PA Justice Grown 7B Gateway Shopping Center Edwardsville Luzerne NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐2035 GuadCo LLC NY Keystone Canna Remedies 1309 Stefko Boulevard Bethlehem Northampton NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐1050 SMPB Retail, LLC AZ Harvest of Reading 2701 N. 5th Street Hwy Reading Berks NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐1090 Franklin Bioscience – Penn LLC PA Bristol Dispensary 2412‐2414 Durham Road Bristol Bucks Reading Dispensary 3225 N. 5th Street Highway Muhlenberg Berks NA NA NA NA
D‐1067 Chamounix Ventures, LLC PA Keystone Dispensaries 420 West Lancaster Avenue Devon Chester Keystone Dispensaries 622 Industrial Park Drive, B Yeadon Delaware Keystone Dispensaries 120 Hansen Access Road King of Prussia Montgomery
D‐1068 AES Compassionate Care LLC IL Grassroots Cannabis 130 South State Road Upper Darby Delaware NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐1069 BAY, LLC PA Cure Pennsylvania 1890 Fruitville Pike Lancaster Lancaster Cure Pennsylvania 475 Pennsylvania Ave Fort Washington Montgomery Cure Pennsylvania 500 Kimberton Road Phoenixville Chester
D‐1037 Ilera Healthcare LLC PA Ilera Healthcare 420 Plymouth Road Plymouth Meeting Montgomery NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐1053 TerraVida Holistic Centers LLC PA TerraVida Holistic Centers 1626 Old York Road Abington Montgomery TerraVida Holistic Centers 64 N. Main Street Sellersville Bucks TerraVida Holistic Centers 8319‐8325 Stenton Avenue Philadelphia Philadelphia
D‐1044 PharmaCann Penn LLC IL PharmaCannis LIFE 599 Franklin Mills Circle Philadelphia Philadelphia NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
D‐1087 Restore Integrative Wellness Center, LLC PA Restore Integrative Wellness Center, LLC 957‐963 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia Philadelphia Restore Integrative Wellness Center, LLC 8003 Old York Rd Elkins Park Montgomery NA NA NA NA
D‐1034 Holistic Pharma, LLC PA Holistic Pharma LLC 8900 Krewstown Road Philadelphia Philadelphia Holistic Pharma LLC 2030 West Main Street West Norton Montgomery Holistic Pharma LLC 4201 Neshaminy Blvd Bensalem Bucks

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Toronto’s Dispensary-Targeting “Project Lincoln” Continues

Toronto police continue to make good on Mayor John Tory’s promise to crack down on the city’s illegal-yet-plentiful cannabis dispensaries.

Following last week’s coordinated raids of seven dispensaries and six residences in Toronto and six undisclosed locations in the Vancouver and Denman Island areas—which resulted in the arrest of 80 dispensary workers and the seizure of 250 kilograms of cannabis product and $350,000 in cash—this week brought the continuation of the operation known as “Project Lincoln,” with Toronto police re-raiding a Canna Clinic dispensary that was part of last week’s raids to arrest eight employees and seize a kilogram of cannabis product and nearly $5,000 in cash.

“It’s about enforcing the law,” Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash told Global News. “If people are going to persist in doing what we believe to be is against the law then we’ll continue to enforce the law until that law changes.” (And if Canadian citizens continue to face life-ruining criminal charges for activities scheduled to be legal within a year, expect the Supreme Court to be choked with constitutional challenges.) Stay tuned.


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Mainstream Marketing Focuses on Cannabis Industry to Capture ‘Stoner’ Audience

Innovative marketing is not just about being original. It’s about knowing the experience the audience will enjoy and bringing it to them at the next level. It’s a mantra The World’s Best Ever (aka TWBE) has been dabbling in since 2014, when the Webby-nominated culture website launched a creative marketing portal specializing in cannabis.

David Wilfert, “editor-in-charge” and co-founder of TWBE, created the portal after being approached by independent entertainment company A24 to dream up ideas for Kevin Smith’s film, Tusk. Their first project, “Toke N’ Tusk,” was a cannabis-focused campaign that included two Tusk-branded strains of medical marijuana available for sale at Buds & Roses in Studio City. They also bought digital media on High Times, Cannabist, Dangerous Minds, Boing Boing, and a few other cannabis-friendly sites with lots of reach. Not only were the studios and executives thrilled by the promotion, their campaign reached the print edition of the New York Times.

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Interested in opening more doors of perception, TWBE’s creative agency is now inside 182 dispensaries in Southern California campaigning on behalf of the recently released movie The Hero. A feature film written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch, The Hero is about Lee Hayden, an aging actor (played by Sam Elliot) confronting mortality who spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much cannabis with his former-co-star-turned-dealer Jeremy (played by Nick Offerman) until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus.

TWBE worked with the film’s distributor, The Orchard, for a first-of-its-kind movie industry media buy, creating a custom sixty-second trailer targeting cannabis-friendly audiences. The trailer played inside dispensaries, giving a niche market the opportunity to connect with the film and hopefully go see it in the theaters. Campaign efforts kicked off June 7th, with The Hero opening on June 9th to positive reviews.

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I spoke with Wilfert about marketing popular culture in this new space for cannabis and how TWBE lives in this kind of creative thinking process.

(Courtesy of The Orchard)(Courtesy of The Orchard)

Leafly: How did TWBE initially approach The Hero campaign? 

David Wilfert: The Orchard knew that they had a great film in The Hero. They also knew that it had a great pot angle that was overlooked in their general marketing. Familiar with the work we had done before, The Orchard sent us a screener and asked us to see what we could do to reach this consumer demographic. We came back with a deck full of ideas, and the one they loved the most was this intriguing media buy in the cannabis space.

“You don’t want to entirely alienate those who don’t consume, and at the same time you don’t want to turn off the consumer. If the idea is executed well, everyone wins.”

David Wilfert, Co-Founder, The World’s Best Ever

Was the studio apprehensive about cutting another version of the trailer specifically for cannabis enthusiasts?

No way. The Orchard was 100% onboard for the “stoner” version. The input from the top guys and the director [Brett Haley] definitely helped shape it. It was a real collaborative effort.

What was the attitude of the dispensaries you approached to involve? Did you have to buy TV’s for some of them to show the trailer?

I had come across a company called APOP media, who had installed TV sets in all of these locations. When I discovered it, they had only been displaying ads for weed products, and partial episodes of Weediquette. I knew that the movie business needed in. No matter if it’s a film with a cannabis hook or not, pot and cinema go hand in hand, and I think in time they’ll started getting traditional consumer ads. Pot smokers also do everything that non-pot smokers do.

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Who is the cannabis target demographic?

For The Hero, it was any and all pot smokers, but specifically those who visit SoCal dispensaries where we are displaying the advertisements. The beauty of the cannabis consumer is that they are anyone from your grandmother to your dad, to your sister, brother, uncle, aunt, or mother. It can be a real family affair if you love it. We try to find a familiarity between them all.

What are the challenges associated with bridging the marketing gap between mainstream culture and cannabis? Are there any differences for mainstream movie culture?

It’s really about a respectful focus when connecting pot to the mainstream. You don’t want to entirely alienate those who don’t consume, and at the same time you don’t want to turn off the consumer. If the idea is executed well, everyone wins.

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How do you follow current cannabis consumer behavior? With so much change in the industry every day, what ways do you think TWBE can adapt?

We work closely with dispensaries to enhance their packaging and presentation. In turn, we are able to observe their customers and gain insight on their preferences. Keeping up on the B2B magazines is necessary as well, since they are full of useful data and forecasting. As avid consumers ourselves, we can pick the trends we see the most promise in, and mold them into future packages. I think it’s also important to look into the past. The paraphernalia boom in the 70s is not unlike the green rush of today.

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TWBE is super skilled at thinking outside the box. What TWBE strategies make an innovative approach to marketing? And how do you apply those concepts to cannabis marketing?

Any company that has the balls to approach us is a dream client. They come wanting a fresh perspective, and we give them a no-fear approach to their projects. It’s way easier to reign in ideas than it is to expand on them. Our approach is the same regardless of the industry: Do something different, do something cool, and make the client stoked to see reward from their risk.

What is the incredible cannabis customer experience?

For me that would be a knowledgeable budtender and a curated selection of really great pot. It’s a rare combination. Just like everyone who eats in a restaurant should work a day as a waiter, every consumer should be required to trim an ounce of bud to understand what it takes to deliver a quality product.


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Toronto Police Raid Seven City Dispensaries

Exactly one week after Toronto Mayor John Tory announced impending crackdowns on the city’s illegal-yet-plentiful cannabis dispensaries, Toronto police made good on the promise, executing a series of dispensary raids across the city yesterday morning.

The targets: all seven Toronto storefronts of the BC-based Canna Clinic, along with five Toronto residences and three Vancouver residences.

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Details on the dispensary raids come from the Toronto Star, which reports “[o]fficers at the scene said they were going to arrest the staff members and seize all illegal drugs.” (Also seized: dispensary workers’ cell phones and all money connected to sales.) Staff members exiting one of the raided storefronts told the Star they expected the clinic to reopen within the next few days.

Ultimately, six people were charged in yesterday’s raids, and are due in court today. “Toronto police did not provide information about the charges those individuals will face,” reports the Georgia Straight.

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Stay tuned for more on the raids and the fallout. For now, please enjoy this million-dollar quote obtained by the Star, from a Toronto cop involved in the raids: “It’s not like we want to be doing this, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.”


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5 Awesome Dispensaries to Support During Pride

As we highlighted in our recent article on the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the LGBTQ community and the cannabis industry have been linked for decades. In honor of Pride Month, we’re highlighting five dispensaries and retail shops that are either LGBTQ owned or co-owned, or running specials or other specific promotions for Pride. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so check with your local dispensaries and retailers to see what kind of specials are available near you!

As Leon Mostovoy, owner of Pride Cannabis and Wings of Wellness Delivery Service, observed, “Queer bodies are biologically the same as everyone else, however, our community endures more physiological stress, financial disadvantage, physical abuse, drug abuse, and emotional abuse. Therefore we look for solutions to cope. I believe cannabis is the best all natural and non-addictive medication we can use to heal our community.”

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Is your favorite dispensary celebrating Pride? Tell us how in the comments!

Washington

Located in: Seattle, WA and Shoreline, WA

Year opened: 2011

Fun fact: Dockside is a member of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), which promotes equality through its member businesses and is the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in the world.

Pride specials: All month, Dockside will be running a Pride edition of its Cannabis + Cinema program, which pairs movies with the perfect strains and products. Movie pairings will include the likes of But I’m a Cheerleader and Oleum’s Girl Scout Cookie Honey Crystal; Brokeback Mountain with Spot’s 1:1 CBD Milk or Dark Chocolate Squares; The Kids Are All Right with Doc & Yeti’s Brandywine; The Birdcage with Lazy Bee’s Jillybean; and Milk with Western Cultured’s Cascade Connie pre-rolls.

Located in: Seattle, WA

Year opened: 2014

Fun fact: Uncle Ike’s employs multilingual budtenders.

Pride specials: 5% of all profits from all Uncle Ike’s locations will be donated to Entre Hermanos, a non-profit whose mission is “to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.”

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California

Delivery locations: Inland Empire, Newport Beach, and Oceanside

Year opened: 2016

Their story: Owner Leon Mostovoy is a trans man and has been an artist, photographer, and activist in the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. He’ll be creating a new art project with trans elders using a generous grant from West Hollywood City this year. He previously created two intergenerational projects with the homeless youth and elders at the LA LGBT Center, where he got to know and love the elders in the LGBT community.

Fun fact: Mostovoy’s product company, Pride Cannabis, gives $1 per sale back to the LA LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department. “The money is to help our LGBTQ elders who created the visibility and rights we have today and are literally dying alone and in poverty,” he says. Another fun fact: Mostovoy’s business partner, Buck Angel, is an internationally known artist as well as a motivational speaker for the LGBTQ community.

Pride specials: None apart from the above.

Located in: San Francisco, CA

Year opened: 2010

Their story: SPARC is proudly gay-owned and -operated by president Erich Pearson.

Fun fact: The dispensary hosts a monthly Dab Bar/Drag Show event (“Dab Queens”) hosted by local drag performers Trangela Landsbury and Punky Pebbles.

Pride specials: Between June 21 and 25, you can buy two SPARC cartridges for $70 total, two SPARC pre-rolls for $20 total, or two SPARC cartridges to get a limited edition Pride battery for $10.

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Oregon

Located in: Portland, OR

Year opened: 2015

Their story: Several years ago, co-owner Melissa Egan (who identifies as queer) worked as a mediator and facilitator, and wanted to build affordable housing for LGBT seniors. She spent time raising money for this goal and wound up working in cannabis.

Fun fact: 100% of Panacea’s profits go to social justice and the community. From the company’s website, “Panacea’s objective is to generate profits from cannabis sales to support projects, organizations or businesses that promote social justice and address problems that threaten people and society—not to maximize profits for a small group of individual investors. Panacea is a no-dividend company. Investors get back only their investment amount plus a small amount of interest. No annual dividend is given beyond that amount.”

Pride specials: None apart from the above.


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These Are the 15 Best Cannabis Dispensaries for Dads

Maybe your dad has been rolling Js since before you were born. Maybe he’s curious, but hasn’t yet been to a store. Whatever his experience level, 420-friendly dads will love the chance to peruse cool products, pick an enticing strain, and smoke a bowl together with you after visiting a dispensary. After all, a shared experience is the best gift you can give him.

Then again, not all dispensaries are places you’d want to take your papa bear, so we did the legwork for you. Whether you go on Father’s Day or any other day of the year, the following are the 15 best dispensaries in the country to visit with your dad.

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Washington

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Where: 2815 St. John’s Blvd., Ste. B

What dads will love: With rustic wood walls, a massive American flag, comfortable armchairs, and a bearskin rug, Greenhead feels like a very classy man cave.

Where: 5402 E. Pacific Hwy

What dads will love: A slate-on-mahogany color scheme, a wide selection of neatly displayed product, and great pricing.

Where: 2215 4th Ave. S.

What dads will love: Classy décor, bold design, and the wide selection of Leira cannabis cigars—for all the dads who like to keep it classy.

California

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Where: 952 Mission St.

What dads will love: This one is especially for the old soul dads—the ones who’d prefer to chat with their budtender across a mahogany countertop while perched on a brass-studded bar stool.

Where: 1190 Coleman Ave.

What dads will love: If he’s a lover of all things aerodynamic, he’ll enjoy everything from the name to the concrete floor painted like a runway. Oh yes, and the product selection is gargantuan.

Where: 8208 Santa Monica Blvd.

What dads will love: Products displayed approachably on long wooden tables across the well-lit sales floor and an overarching laid-back vibe make this an awesome stop for anyone, but the clean-cut hardwood aesthetics are particularly suited to dads.

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Oregon

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Where: 1199 N.W. Wall St.

What dads will love: With a small space, focused lighting, and a classic white on white color scheme, Oregrown feels a lot more like an art gallery than a pot shop.

Where: 4550 Commercial St. S.E.

What dads will love: The 2,500 sq-ft. showroom space has an ultra-clean look and feel; meanwhile, easy-to-navigate electronic menu displays and super-friendly budtenders make this a great destination, particularly if it’s your pop’s first legal dispensary visit.

Colorado

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Where: Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Aspen, Aurora, Centennial, Vail, Dillon, Greeley, Edgewater, Frisco, Littleton, Longmont, and Trinidad

What dads will love: This classy yet casual chain’s stores are cookie-cutter in a good way; each rocks a cool and approachable vibe, with smart-as-a-whip budtenders capable of putting even the staunchest cannabis skeptics at ease.

Where: 2119 Larimer St.

What dads will love: This one’s for the sports fans—pop over after a ball game at Coors Field two blocks away.

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Michigan

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Where: 6640 E. 8 Mile Rd.

What dads will love: Somehow The Reef has a hardware store vibe yet makes it look upscale. Tack on leather couches, a fireplace, and a TV, and there’s no reason you guys should be hanging out in the rec room when you could be hanging out here.

Where: 20515 Hoover St.

What dads will love: The railroad theme, the clean, comfortable interior, and the fantastic service.

Arizona

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Where: 1613 N 40th St.

What dads will love: Tru|med is oft-lauded for its bright, high-energy design; besides an electric color scheme and mod décor, it also has one of the classiest exteriors in the industry, so it’ll impress from first glimpse.

Nevada

(Courtesy of Reef Dispensaries)(Courtesy of Reef Dispensaries)

Where: 3400 Western Ave.

What dads will love: A cool blue-and-white color scheme, industrial-hip accents including exposed pipes overhead, and a badass blown-glass sculpture surrounded by couches at the center of the room.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.