By Mikhail Harrison
Miami and New Jersey dispensaries drew long lines of East Coasters hoping for a first toke of legal Cookies.
Cookies’ monster East Coast debut this August showcased the brand’s unmatched impact on the legal market.
Cookies is one of weed’s biggest brands (check its 3 million followers between the San Francisco store, Cookies clothing line, and owner Berner). Other multi-state operations have more stores and larger shares of the market. But Cookies debuts draw lines that other dispensaries only see on day one of legal sales in most states.
For two consecutive weekends in August, Cookies bred fresh life into Florida and New Jersey by bringing their highly-esteemed products to the market. Cannaseurs travelled thousands of miles and lined up before sunrise just to take part in the historic day, and partake in strains like Jealousy, Gary Payton and special editions like Piece of Candy and Collins Ave.
Greetings from Miami
“This was our first store in Florida, it was only right we did it right here,” said Berner before cutting the ribbon at his brand’s Miami location. By 2 am, about 100 people were already there, according to G’s bud blog. By the end of the day, the location reportedly moved $500,000 in product.
Right before opening the doors, Berner thanked everyone for enduring the “crazy ass humid heat,” and made one promise: “I can guarantee one thing, the team did their thing. The weed here is absolutely incredible. A lot of great people in the building, a lot of great energy.”
Delivering Florida’s finest
Cookies’ Miami team was hand-picked by Berner. Back in May, Cookies invited locals to bring their resumes to meet Berner in person on June 4. At the August 13 grand opening, we spoke to a staff member named Sukki who was chosen.
Sukki explained that the brand draws such crazy lines because “people feel connected to Cookies because they found a way to cross that line from just being a dispensary to being a culture.”
“It’s a family. Nobody’s uptight. People are in their regular clothes. It’s all-inclusive, there’s no discrimination… We got people from Texas, we got people from Tampa. It’s really an eclectic cast.” Sukki, Cookies Miami employee
The store opening also drew VIPs like Yung LB of Joke’s Up and Runtz, Smokers Club legend Shiest Bubz, and GUMBO CEO Luka Brazi. Queens-to-Miami rapper N.O.R.E. said, “I feel like I’m in LA, but we’re in M-I-A,” because of both the star power and the strain power. Atlanta’s GasHouse founders Felix Murry and Kingston were also in the building.
Cookies cuts like best-sellers Madrina, Jealousy, and Gary Payton flew out the door. So did Cake Mix and Blanco by Lemonnade. At one point, the dispensary got so lit, the power went out for a few seconds.
Jealousy’s creamy purple exotic was the star of the show. Its alluring look and smell preview the fast-acting hybrid impact. While most weed smokers are against $60 eighths as a matter of principle, Cookies is the rare brand that makes the high price feel worth it across all of its multinational stores. It’s also one of the first legal offerings that is shamelessly loyal to the legacy market and trail blazers that made legalization possible.
The Miami-edition Cookies merch was curated to speak to local tastes, and the hand-picked authentic 305-flair shows an attention to detail that is present in every part of Cookies products, from seed to sale to marketing.
If they keep delivering on the hype, Cookies will have a huge advantage in Florida, where limited licenses keep quality down and variety limited for medical patients. Although it isn’t on South Beach or downtown, the new Cookies store should dominate the cannabis industry in Miami until the competition steps it up. Read more on: