According to a Jan. 8 press release, leading cannabis flower brand Gage Cannabis Co. and Berner announced the grand opening of their new flagship Cookies store in Detroit, Michigan. The new store will kick off with a “mammoth blue street party” at its location on 8 Mile Street.
Cookies’ Founder and CEO Berner has long been involved in commercial cannabis-related projects involving a variety of products and services—a reflection of his true passion that is revealed in his music. “I smoke when I write, when I relax, when I eat and when I don’t eat,” Berner told CULTURE in 2016.
Cookies Michigan opens on Jan.31 at 6030 E. Eight Mile in Detroit with a celebration party. The store will sell Cookies, Lemonnade, Runtz, PowerzzzUp, Minntz and Grandiflora cannabis lines on its shelves. The new store represents expansion into one of cannabis’ largest potential markets.
“To me, Michigan is one of the biggest markets next to California,” said Berner. “Not only is it a big market, Michigan is a very educated market when it comes to herb and hash. They have been seeing California weed on the black market for years and been producers of high quality flower in their own respective market. With that being said, Michigan smokers are spoiled just like us in Cali. With all the new genetics in our Library and all the love from the Michigan Cups, we are ready to give Detroit all the new-new! And the fact we are kicking it off on 8 Mile makes all of this even more legendary.”
The 3,500 square-foot store will provide jobs for with full benefits for 40 Detroit residents. The store will also participate in a social equity program and will share $950,000 with social equity recipients in cities disproportionately impacted by the “War on Drugs.”
The store will be operated by Gage in an exclusive partnership with Cookies. “Gage is excited for this next step in our flourishing partnership with Cookies,” said Gage’s Fabian Monaco. “We are eager to provide Michigan with yet another unique and engaging retail platform. Launching the first Cookies store on the East Coast will bring an unparalleled experience to our cannabis patients, while offering direct access to one of the leading brands in the cannabis industry.”