Modernizing Marijuana Retail Stores
In anticipation of January 1, 2018, when buying recreational weed in California will be legal, an April 11th article by Debra Borchardt in Forbes Magazine estimated that California would receive $1 Billion in tax revenues the first year. Whoa. That’s a ton of money.
While stores are not supposed to sell recreational marijuana until the state has issued business licenses, many companies are already doing it.
You may have read the August 27th article in the Los Angles TimesOC that described how MedMen, a medicinal marijuana dispensary, has modernized their approach to promoting/educating customers about cannabis. Located in Santa Ana, the retail store features over 1,000 products displayed in a 3,000 square foot facility. Imitating the Apple Retail stores, MedMen uses iPad tablets to provide customers with an inter-active experience to learn about the strain, price, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol content, as well as the terpene content, which give the plants their scents. The picture below was in the newspaper and using my iPhone I photographed it to include in this blog (sorry about the blurriness). You can see the staging designed to educate and display sealed jars with a lid slider, which allows customers to sniff the product.
Last fall, when California voters approved Proposition 64, the legislation provided for significant changes. An article by Nick Lindsey in the May 3, 2017, Green Rush Daily publication listed the important ones:
- Adults 21 and over can legally grow up to six plants at their homes.
- It’s legal for adults to possess, transport, purchase, consume and share up to one ounce of cannabis.
- Adults can own, transport, purchase, consume, and share up to eight grams of concentrates.
- The state will establish 19 new licenses to regulate the legal cannabis market in California.
- Dispensaries will be allowed to sell cannabis and concentrates to adults 21 and over for recreational use.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the most prevalent marijuana chemical compounds and comes in oils, edibles, vapes, and flowers. Many people use it to treat headaches and migraines. To illustrate how common this has become, I’m including it in my second novel. The antagonist who is the (fictional) Los Angeles County Sheriff, husband, father, and abuser gets migraines. When he feels a serious headache coming on, he eats CBD mints, and within twenty minutes (according to users), the pain is gone.
What do you think? Are you brave enough to share? Do you use any form of cannabis? If so, I’m curious as to what you use and how it helps.
Warmest Regards, Michele Author, Busted www.michelekhoury.com https://www.amazon.com/author/michelekhoury