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Delta 9 Cannabis Newsletter – November 2018

November 2018

CONGRATULATIONS MANITOBA!
You just made Cannabis History.

PLUS: Holiday Gift Ideas for Cannasseurs

Delta 9 Cannabis Store

Congratulations Manitoba! You made history on October 17, 2018 when cannabis became legal in Canada for the first time in almost 100 years.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who showed up for opening day at our first Delta 9 Cannabis Store on Dakota Street! Our first day in business exceeded all expectations and it has continued to roll from there!

Panoramic view of Dakota location just before opening – October 17, 2018

Panoramic view of Dakota location just before opening – October 17, 2018

If you haven’t been to the Delta 9 Cannabis Store yet, you’ll want to read our interview in this month’s newsletter with Delta 9 Store Manager Chad LaPointe. Chad talks about everything you need to know for your first visit and also has some holiday gift ideas for the cannasseurs in your life. And make sure to check out this month’s featured recipe for Firecrackers. You’ll love them!

New strains are arriving at the store daily from Canada’s leading cannabis producers and two new Delta 9 stores will soon be opening soon in Osborne Village in Winnipeg and in Brandon. Stay tuned for updates.

Wishing everyone a warm and “green” holiday season!

Your Delta 9 Team

HUGE CROWD SHOWS UP AT FIRST DELTA 9 CANNABIS STORE FOR HISTORIC OPENING DAY!

Opening day at Delta 9 Cannabis Store – October 17, 2018

Hundreds of Manitobans from all age groups lined up outside the Delta 9 Cannabis Store at 827 Dakota Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday, October 17 to purchase cannabis legally for the first time in almost 100 years.

The first customer went through the doors at 10 a.m. and the lineup lasted until closing time 12 hours later. The response was overwhelming to even the most optimistic of predictors.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone in Manitoba who came out to support us,” said Delta 9 CEO John Arbuthnot, who was in the crush of the action when the first customers came through the door. “We were just blown away by the response. We were expecting maybe 20 to 30 people lined up for the opening, maybe a slow trickle through the day. It was crazy, surpassing even our wildest expectations.”

Arbuthnot was also shopping online when Delta 9 Internet sales began at midnight sharp. He tried to place the first order but ended up being order number 90 of 600. Over 500 orders were placed within the first hour.

John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis

John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis

“The online sales demand was amazing,” said the 28-year-old CEO, who started Delta 9 as a school project in 2009. “We had hundreds and hundreds of orders by 2 a.m. We were sold out by 4 a.m. and had to restock. It was incredible.”

Marshall Posner, VP of Marketing at Delta 9, said the overwhelming response was partly due to their grassroots marketing campaigns.

“We tried to go wherever the people interested in cannabis were for years,” said Posner. “We listened to what Manitobans had to say and answered their questions whenever we could. If we couldn’t answer a question, we went looking for the answer. The collective wisdom of Manitobans was a big help to us when we were developing our products and services and our first store. Manitobans are very intelligent cannabis consumers and they provided us with a lot of insightful advice.”

Long-time cannabis advocate Steven Stairs camped outside the Dakota Street store the night before opening day and by 10 a.m. he was the first person in a lineup that had snaked around the corner and coiled itself up and down the adjacent alley.

“As a cannabis advocate, I need to be up to date and informed with the most current information,” said the 34-year-old Stairs. “Whether that’s legalization, medical aspects, stores, openings times, prices. I chose to be here because Delta 9 has earned my respect over the last five years. They’ve done great things for Manitoba and the economy. And they’re a Manitoba-made company, which makes me even more supportive.

“I’ve developed a rapport with a lot of the employees. They make me feel like they’re family I can trust with the worries and concerns that both medical patients and recreational users have with cannabis. I just feel like they’ve listened to questions, concerns and criticisms and adjusted accordingly. They haven’t just said we’re Delta 9 and we’re doing our own thing. I’m very proud of that. They’re ‘Friendly Manitoba’ in a company.”

Steven Stairs visiting the Delta 9 Cannabis Sensory Bar to choose his strains

Steven Stairs visiting the Delta 9 Cannabis Sensory Bar to choose his strains

Stairs expected the long lineup, saying he had great faith in the Winnipeg cannabis community.

“They come out when you need them,” he said. “And there’s a pretty big market here. I think the estimates of $300-500 million in projected revenues annually were extremely conservative. I think you can probably go as high as 900 million.”

Stairs was also impressed with the new Delta 9 Cannabis Store.

“It’s exactly what you would want from a cannabis store,” said Stairs. “It’s vibrant. It’s open. It’s got that new kind of feel. Bright, well lit, information screens, shelving, a separate lounge area for relaxing and consultations. Friendly knowledgeable staff, excellent product lines. All these things are exactly what the legalisation of cannabis needed. We needed that credibility, that air of professionalism. Education, clothing, books, it’s an amazing one-stop shop for cannabis. They’ve got everything you could possibly need. It’s really nice to see how far we have come.”

Delta 9 Cannabis Store – October 17, 2018

The crowd had many and varied reasons for showing up on the first day of cannabis legalization.

“I’ve been waiting 50 years for this,” said Simon, age 70. “It’s a good start, and it’s about time,” said Toby, 20. “I think it is a wonderful initiative,” said Gary, 58. “I hope it meets the needs of all those involved. I see it as a good thing. I didn’t expect such a large crowd.”

“It’s about time,” said Vanessa, 31. “I’m just nosy,” said 60-something Debbie. “This is like IHOP, I’m coming for the grand opening.” “I’m enjoying the site,” said Daniel, 41. “I didn’t expect the lineup, but it’s a historical thing.”

Delta 9 Cannabis Store – October 17, 2018

“The time has come,” said Danny, 22. “We were born at the right time. I think everybody’s ready for it. The demographic here is insane, although I don't see a lot of real young people. They’re probably all in school, where we should be. We’re going to U of M now. Before I would just be sitting around studying and a guy would come by and ask me if I needed any help. And I would ask what he meant and he would say ‘Do you want to buy some drugs?’ That actually happens. This is more professional. And the location here is just amazing.

“I bought about eight grams for not much more than I would pay a dealer on the street, so I’m pretty happy. And I can be sure it’s good quality. I prefer Sativa, because I like to smoke and then get stuff done. It helps me focus.”

“It’s a safer way to buy weed,” said Sully’s friend Danny, 19. “And it’s more practical. We bought joint filters, plus some banana papers that are organic, no chemicals or preservatives, good for the earth.”

Thank You Manitoba!

YOUR FIRST VISIT TO A
DELTA 9 CANNABIS STORE
(WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW)

Chad LaPointe, Store Manager – Delta 9 Cannabis Store (Dakota St location)

Chad LaPointe, Store Manager – Delta 9 Cannabis Store (Dakota St location)

Thinking about visiting a Delta 9 cannabis store for the first time? Get comfortable. We’ll make it easy for you. We interviewed Chad LaPointe, the manager of our Delta 9 St. Vital Store, and he explained what to expect on your first visit. He also had a few holiday gift ideas!

“The first thing you’ll want to do is talk to one of our Cannabis Specialists at the Sensory Bar,” said Lapointe. “The Sensory Bar is where we display all of our different cannabis strains, and our Cannabis Specialists have a significant amount of training. They’re very friendly and they’ll try to make you feel at ease. They’ll initiate the conversation, ask questions and try to get a feel for your experience level. That way they can help guide the conversation in the most helpful direction.”

Delta 9 Cannabis Specialists have taken courses from both Lift & Co. and MADD. The MADD course focuses on social responsibility, while the Lift & Co. course includes the history and politics surrounding cannabis and features detailed information on different strains and their effects, cannabinoids, terpene profiles and best methods of consumption.

Delta 9 Cannabis Store – Sensory Bar

“If you’re a new or inexperienced consumer we’ll probably direct you towards the milder cannabis strains, something with a lower THC content” said LaPointe. “THC is what produces the psychoactive effect. For first-time consumers the tolerance level will be very low. We want to guide them to start low and go slow, so they have an enjoyable experience. Think of it in the same way you might think about alcohol. You’re not going to take a big glass of whiskey as your first ever drink.

“We make it very comfortable for everyone. It’s very inviting. Nobody has to be embarrassed that they’re a first-time user. I was really unsure how it would be with different demographics but it’s the most diverse retail atmosphere I’ve seen, from young to old. I was a little concerned that some groups might feel uneasy coming in, but that’s why we set up the store the way we did. We get everyone on board and show them that it’s easy.”

So how big should your first cannabis purchase be and how much will it cost?

Delta 9 Cannabis Store – Checkout

“You can legally purchase up to 30 grams.” said LaPointe. “But a first purchase for a new or inexperienced user will probably be between 1-10 grams of a low THC strain. Denominations for Delta 9 products range from 3.5-10 grams, but we also sell cannabis strains from other Licensed Producers that come in units from 1-10 grams. Prices range from $9-$15 per gram.”

Once you’ve determined which cannabis strain and amount you want to start with, you’ll need to decide on how you want to consume your new product. Besides smoking your cannabis in a traditional rolled joint, the two most popular methods of consumption involve the use of one hitters and vaporizers.

“If you’re a new user or less experienced consumer, we’ll set you up with the appropriate ancillary products,” said LaPointe. “A one hitter basically looks like a metal cigarette. You pack the end of it with a little bit of cannabis, a very small amount. So right away the dosing is a little bit easier. You simply light it, inhale and repeat.

Delta 9 Cannabis Store stocks a wide selection of cannabis accessories!

“Vaporizers are also very popular right now because they’re a healthier option and they allow you to fully use all the different terpenes each cannabis strain has to offer. Some terpenes are activated at lower temperatures. With a one hitter you could be burning off some of the good stuff. A vaporizer is more of an investment. They start at about $90. One hitters can be purchased for as little as $15 or $20. Many people who buy a one hitter will also buy a dugout, which holds both the one hitter and a small amount of cannabis. Dugouts run from $30 to $40. So for $45-$60 you’ll have everything you need to get started.

“You can probably get 20-30 hits from one gram using a one hitter. Vaporizers are even more efficient. That’s another reason why they can be a good investment. For ease of use, vaporizers are the way to go.”

Once you’ve made your decision on the strain and amount of cannabis you want to purchase, you’ll head over to a separate purchasing counter to complete your transaction, but it’s unlikely you’ll make it there before browsing the wide range of ancillary products on display in the store, all of which can enhance and personalize your cannabis experience.

You might even find a Christmas gift!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR CANNASSEURS

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR CANNASSEURS

Isn’t it nice that we’re going to have a “green” Christmas in Manitoba for the first time in almost 100 years?

From vaporizers, glass pipes, grinders, locking storage containers, one-hitters, papers, lighters and candles to informational cannabis publications and cookbooks that describe how to make your own edibles using infusion machines like the Magic Butter and LEVO (both of which are offered for sale at Delta 9), there’s something for everyone. Apparel featuring the Delta 9 logo has also proved to be very popular and includes t-shirts, hoodies and baseball caps, with more variety coming.

“Grinders are a good investment,” said Chad LaPointe, manager of our Delta 9 St. Vital Store. “You can break your cannabis apart with your hands and scissors at home, but that’s not really ideal. And you’re not going to get the consistency you would from a grinder, which takes only a few seconds. Grinders run anywhere from $20-$200, and they all have different functions and levels of quality.”

Cannabis Accessories

Bongs have entered the modern age now and come in all shapes, sizes and styles of glass-blown artistry. What used to be an unsightly and gigantic contraption now comes in smaller sizes and elegant designs akin to beautiful pieces of art.

“Marley Natural is a very popular brand offering bongs, pipes, tasters, spoons, rolling trays and water bubblers,” said LaPointe. “They’re really nice. I love their appearance, with the wood. They look pretty cool on your table. And they’re really well priced.”

As are pipes, which attract both first time and regular cannabis consumers.

“We have a wide range of great pipes,” said LaPointe. “You can get a really nice Jane West glass pipe for $57.95. The Genius pipe is also popular. It’s very discreet. You can slide it into your pocket and you won’t even know what it is. And it cools the smoke before it gets into your mouth.”

Safe storage options for your cannabis are also going to be popular holiday gifts at Delta 9. Ranging in price from $27 for the smaller Cvault containers to $93 for the larger Stashlogix lockable cases, there are a variety of different options to fit your needs and budget.

Start your shopping early!

We invite you to visit us at the Delta 9 St. Vital Store at 827 Dakota Street from Monday to Saturday, 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.

Staff Holiday Gift Favourites:

Staff Holiday Gift Favourites

Utillian 420 - The only budget vaporizer to provide a vibrant digital display, allowing you to monitor your battery level and temperature settings.

Utillian 721 - The 721 vaporizor brings high-end convection heating to the masses, providing some of the smoothest and most flavorful vapor on the market. High quality without the high price tag.

Marley Natural Bubbler - This sleek, one-piece Bubbler is a Smoked Glass collection staple, with beautiful symmetry and intelligent proportions that make for an elevated smoking experience.

Marley Natural Taster - This quality-crafted piece is ideal for daily smoking and compact enough to accompany you anywhere. Made from hand-blown glass, our Taster is offset by a black walnut wood base and finished with natural carnauba wax. Its seamless design creates a smooth smoking experience, while detachable parts allow for easy upkeep. Elegant, efficient, and highly portable, our Taster is an essential companion piece for your versatile lifestyle.

Marley Natural Spoon - The Smoked Glass Spoon Pipe rests gently on its wide bowl as if levitating, with plenty of volume for smoke to swirl and cool as each draw is cleared.

NEW STRAINS ARRIVING WEEKLY FROM CANADA’S LEADING CANNABIS PRODUCERS!

RECIPE OF THE MONTH – FIRECRACKERS

Firecrackers

This is a time-tested recipe to make the easiest cannabis edibles. Anyone can do it.

The best thing is it only takes a little time and a little cannabis. The end result is that you will be affected for 3-5 hours depending on the quality of cannabis that you’re using.

INGREDIENTS

  • Crackers (Ritz crackers, graham crackers and saltines are most popular)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Nutella Spread (available at most grocery stores)
  • Cannabis (.25 grams per cracker)

GETTING STARTED

  • Pre-Heat oven to 110C – 230F.
  • Take a small amount of cannabis, approximately 1/4 or a 1/3 of a gram for each cracker, and grind it up.
  • Then wrap the ground cannabis with aluminum foil making sure to only use as much as is required to cover it completely. Do not to double wrap it and make sure it is completely sealed.
  • Put the wrapped up cannabis in the oven for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes take out your cannabis and increase your oven temperature to
150C – 302F.

Combine the Nutella with your oven-warmed cannabis in a small bowl and then thickly spread your mixture over the crackers and top with another cracker to make a sandwich.

Now wrap your cannabis infused Nutella sandwiches in aluminum foil and put them in the oven for 20 minutes.

After the time is up, you can take them out and let them cool. You can eat it anytime you want now.

As with all edibles, it takes anywhere from 45-90 minutes for the effects to start so don’t get impatient if you don’t feel anything right away. These Firecrackers will ensure that you are affected for several hours after consumption.

Enjoy!

FEATURED STRAIN:
CBD Skunk Haze

CBD Skunk Haze

CBD Skunk Haze has light green features with bright red hairs, while providing a citrus, floral aroma. This strain contains a beautiful balance of THC and CBD.

SATIVA
Low THC (usually between 5% - 6%)
High CBD (usually between 8% - 9%)

Terpenes: CBD Skunk Haze
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lift & Co. Cannabis Business Conference & Expo
January 10-13, 2019

New Delta 9 Cannabis Stores OPENING SOON!
– Osborne Village, Winnipeg
– Brandon, Manitoba

Delta 9 Lifestyle Cannabis Clinic