Forget Booze, Weed Bars Spark Up the Office Christmas Party
In states where pot is legal, “budtenders” want to come for your office’s annual holiday party to set up “cannabars.” First rule: Ditch the booze and prepare to chill out, man.
In the next month, workers of the world will unite to celebrate a time-honored and very drunk tradition: the office holiday party. There will be drunk bosses, struggles to daintily eat appetizers with one hand while the other holds a glass of wine, and, for the unlucky ones among us, karaoke billed as team-bonding.
And as cannabis legalization continues to sweep across the country—11 states and D.C. are now weed-friendly—there’s a new vice ready to take over.
“Cannabars” (as they’re known) complete with “budtenders” (as they’re called) have already become a staple at weddings in the past few years, spurred by early legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Bec Koop, who co-owns Irie Weddings and Events with her business partner Madlyn Kenny, remembers the early days of her industry, when a photographer refused to shoot a couple’s big day after seeing the groom share a celebratory puff with his best man before the ceremony.
But as pot, post-legalization, becomes a money-making business venture, the corporate world has loosened up a bit.
“About 85 percent of our business is still focused on weddings, but we’re definitely picking up more regular corporate events,” Koop told The Daily Beast. “[Weed bars] change the vibe of a company party. People will see their co-workers smoking and say, ‘Oh, you’re a homie, we should hang outside work.’ We say it all the time, cannabis is a common denominator across all demographics—East Coast, West Coast, rich, poor, white, black, gay, straight; it brings people together.”
Of course, not everyone consumes—or at least wants to do so in front of their boss. “We are very open-minded about setting up a cannabis bar that’s not in the main part of the party,” Koop said. If requested, her team can set up a white “weed tent” for additional security.
Published: November 11, 2019
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