BAY CITY, MI – A new marijuana dispensary in Bay County is breaking into a new market, according to its owners.
Hashish Boyz at 305 N Euclid is planning on offering more than just the typical fair of recreational and medical marijuana products. CEO and Founder Brandon Dabish said that the store will be selling clones, which are cuttings of marijuana plants, starting next week and that to his knowledge that Hashish Boyz is the first retailer in the state to sell clones.
“We feel like it’s a great opportunity to give people an opportunity to see the kind of care and the kind of work you have to put into a plant to really bring it to life and turn it into medicine and to medicate with it, and all the benefits of it,” Rami Kirma, COO said.
Dabish explained that there will be a limit on the number of plants that one can purchase but that there will be a variety of strains that customers can pick from.
So why offer clones instead of just seeds? Kirma said that cloning speeds up the process and allows already desirable plants to cloned, instead of home-growers having to start from scratch to select and breed traits that they like.
“Basically with clones, all you’re doing is taking a cutting off of a live plant and replanting that so that it gets rooted and you replant another one,” said Kirma.
Creating and selling clones is just a part of the Hashish Boyz operation in Bangor Township. The store also provides a variety of products to both recreational and medical customers in an area where municipalities have been holding an for cannabis entrepreneurs.
“We felt like this was home, they opened the door and they welcomed us with open arms,” said Kirma. “When you get treated like that by any particular municipality in this industry, that’s highly regulated as it is, you want to hold on to that kind of partnership.”
To celebrate opening their store up to the public in Bangor Township, Hashish Boyz hosted an outdoor grand opening event on Friday, April 9. Musicians and DJs, numerous cannabis vendors, and food trucks all were gathered in the parking lot at the store.
The store’s location is in the former Los Quatros Amigos and Stars Chinese restaurant building on Euclid. The building as been outfitted with 70s décor as a way to pay homage to those who took the first steps in the marijuana industry, said its owners.
“It’s a torch that we want to carry,” said Kirma.
The celebration was well attended, with attendees standing in long lines stretching throughout the Hashish Boyz property to access the store in small groups due to COVID-19 capacity limits. According to attendees, some heard about the event on a popular site among the cannabis community called Weed Maps and set out to pay the Bay County location a visit.
One of these fans was Lori Defrain who drove from Flint after discovering it on Weed Maps. Defrain said that the opening of dispensaries around the state, including Bay County, have made it more convenient for those who are traveling but use medical products.
“I love this, this makes it convenient for traveling anywhere about the state of Michigan. It allows medication to patients wherever, I love it,” she said.
The celebration also involved a special visit from former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and former Lions guard Rob Sims as they represented their cannabis research company called ‘Primitiv.’
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