Barneys to become first major retailer to open legal weed shop
Sometime late next month, Barneys New York will debut a store-within-a-store concept called The High End in its Beverly Hills location making it the first major retailer, management claims, to open a legal cannabis department (AKA head shop).
The luxury department store will stock a wide variety of upscale merchandise, including rolling papers, water pipes, stash boxes and vape pens, in the 300-square-foot shop. The New York Times reports that the merchandise will be expensive — Barneys will stock items such as a $1,475 sterling silver pot grinder.
“Barneys New York has always been at the forefront of shifts in culture and lifestyle, and cannabis is no exception,” said Daniella Vitale, Barneys chief executive officer & president, in a statement. “Many of our customers have made cannabis a part of their lifestyle, and The High End caters to their needs with extraordinary products and service.”
While Barneys will offer a variety of cannabis paraphernalia and some CBD oil items, it will not be selling the high-inducing weed since it is not a registered dispensary under California’s legal marijuana laws. The department store may expand The High End concept to other states that pass laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
- Barneys New York To Launch “The High End” Luxury Cannabis Lifestyle Shop in Beverly Hills Flagship and Barneys.com – Barneys New York/PRNewswire
- A $950 Bong? A $1,475 Weed Grinder? You Can Find Them at Barneys – The New York Times
- Barneys Is Adding a Cannabis Department – Fashionista
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What’s your opinion on Barneys decision to open a cannabis lifestyle shop? Do you expect more mainstream retailers to make similar moves, and do you see any looking to open dispensaries in states where recreational and/or medical marijuana use is legal?