With marijuana legalization becoming a reality in many places around the U.S., it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a monthly "swag" subscription service for pot smokers.
Cannabox is the brainchild of Michael Berk, who previously owned an insurance company that was acquired last year, and his wife Michelle, a PhD candidate.
Much like Birchbox, BarkBox, and Manpacks, Cannabox sends subscribers a monthly package containing five to seven items. Cannabox's selections are of the cannabis-related variety, and can include anything from rolling papers to pipes and other novelties.
No, there's no actual marijuana in the boxes, due to federal regulations. But Berk said in an email that the master plan for Cannabox is that "WHEN marijuana becomes legal, we will approach every commercial grower in the country to provide samples for our boxes."
Cannabox formed in May, and launched publicly in early September. Berk said the service has been gaining 40 to 50 members per week, and that it currently has around 200 members with a 100% retention rate.
"Cannabox is geared towards not only the recreational user but we take great pride in providing the medical users their necessary smoking accessories that they may not be able to obtain on their own due their various conditions or help them discover new products, that on their own may have not ever experienced," Berk said.
Cannabox costs $19.88 a month (plus shipping and handling), or $17.88 a month for a six-month subscription. The company currently does not ship to Pennsylvania and Iowa due to restrictions in those states, and members must be 18 or older.
Berk said the company was already profitable, and that he and his wife were funding the project themselves.
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