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Do You or Don’t You? Does Your Store Sponsor Community Activities?

The cannabis pros of GCT’s Brain Squad reveal ways they are integrating their stores into their communities.





Sponsor community activities like youth sports, food drives or other causes?

Yes: 57%

  • We are locals, born and raised in Nevada County. We are not here for the Green Rush, we are here as legacy growers in a legacy growing area. Without the support of growers for our small town, our town will suffer. — Elise Timoney, SierraKind, Grass Valley, CA
  • We have hosted outdoor events when opening new dispensaries, we coordinate many days of volunteer work with employees, and we participate in clothing drives, support for neglected children and food drives. But regulations do limit our ability to put our name on things like sports teams or do other types of advertising. — Steve Wobser, Firelands Scientific, Huron, OH
  • Supporting the community is a pillar and core value of our business. It also helps us promote transparent cannabis education, which is necessary for community adoption in the effort towards legalization in our region. —  Derek Besenius, LabCanna, Nashville, TN
  • We sponsor community events and fundraisers. It’s our social and corporate responsibility to engage and help overcome barriers by showing that cannabis contributes to our shared success. — Jessa Burgess, Smokey’s, Garden City, CO
  • We contribute to local after-school activities in line with our goal of being actively involved in the community. — Sam Ukpedinjagba, MyCBDPlus, Las Cruces, NM
  • Community is everything, especially for a crew like Sunset Connect—we are deeply rooted in the San Francisco culture. From our own monthly Sunset Sessions featuring live comedy and DJ shows at the Chug Pub every third Thursday to all of the Chronic Culture Events and local non-profits we support, we are participating and giving back wherever we can. —  Ali Jamalian, Sunset Connect, San Francisco, CA
  • We don’t often have a budget to sponsor but we are doing a food drive and working with our local food bank to sponsor the holiday meals of some local families this year. We’re working on plans for more community and charity initiatives next year. These initiatives have been challenging to cover costs for because our tax bills are so impossibly high, but it’s always worth it help our local community. — Megan Prusynski, Doobie Nights, Santa Rosa, CA

No: 43%

  • The regulations in Louisiana are very strict on the kinds of marketing activities we can—and can’t—do. — Michael Smith, Advanced Biomedics, Lafayette, LA

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