Roses are red. Marijuana is green. Sugar is sweet. And I think you’re keen.
Clearly, my future as a writer for greeting cards is not too rosy. But entrepreneur Erik Komurek believes his new venture, Green Card Greetings, will be a huge hit.
“It’s our goal to be the Hallmark of the marijuana industry,” Komurek says boldly.
Greeting cards for weed? “Why not,” Komurek asks.
Green Card Greetings made its official debut last week at Seattle’s Cannacon, a three-day conference showcasing the latest technology and innovations in the nascent legal marijuana industry.
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Komurek’s brainchild turns the idea of greeting card on its ear. Here is how he describes the genesis of the concept:
“How many times have you been invited to a birthday party or a housewarming party or something like that. Typically, I would go to the wine shop, pick up an appropriately priced bottle and find a fun wine bag to put the bottle in. It’s a simple way to solve the simple gift problem. No fuss, no muss. Our product is analogous to the wine bag.”
Indeed, Green Card Greetings has created a first-of-its-kind greeting card gift bag for cannabis. Each card is made from a food-quality bag with a childproof zipper. The 5-inch, by 7-inch card/bag is the perfect size to fit a pre-rolled joint or nug or concentrate. It will even accommodate some edible treats.
“I love seeing people’s reaction when they realize they can gift any marijuana item with our gift card/bags,” Komurek told The Fresh Toast. “It is heartwarming to know that our product creates happiness and promotes giving. Putting smiles on people’s faces is the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had.”
Komurek, who worked in the tech industry before starting his new company last year, spent about a year noodling over the concept and analyzing the market. In July, he decided the time was right to dive in.”After refining our proof-of-concept and finding the right materials, we decided to focus on Colorado as our first market to test our idea,” Komurek said. “We went to 35 marijuana retail stores in the state and 34 of them expressed interest. We knew then that we had a winner.”
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The bags are designed to be reusable and are made to lock in the odor. The cards will be available for all major occasions that call for cards ( birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, get well, Valentine’s, etc.) “Right now, we have about 36 different designs, but we’ll be rolling out many more as we grow,” Komurek promises.
The cards retail for $4.99. For more information, check out Green Card Greetings.