The Downtown Dispensary, a Tucson cannabis dispensary located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 6th Street, has just completed its first week of recreational marijuana sales. The D2 Dispensary, an east Tucson cannabis dispensary located at the intersection of 22nd Street and Kolb Road, now serves medical marijuana patients and adults 21 and older in one of the fastest growing parts of the city. The retail & production facilities have added over 40 people since the end of December 2020.
Downtown & D2 leadership and management teams are tracking and modifying day-to-day logistical operations during the expansion into recreational sales to ensure that returning medical marijuana patients and new 21+ recreational customers are being served in a fast & efficient manner. Mohit “Moe” Asnani is an Eller College of Management alum who worked in healthcare information systems prior to entering the cannabis industry. Charles “Chip” Boyden is a US Army Veteran who previously worked in healthcare and the financial markets.
“Many cannabis retailers in Tucson are locally owned, but how many can say that the majority of the products on their shelves are locally made and sustainably packaged?” said Moe Asnani. “Our goal is to grow rapidly in a sustainable manner that recognizes the fragility of our environment and the health & wellbeing of our team. That is why we created ECOPRIDE and why we offer a solid benefits plan to our people.”
In the last seven years, Downtown & D2 Dispensaries have created the iLAVA line of products including iLAVA Touch, Arizona’s bestselling cannabis topical. All iLAVA ClearGold, Atomic, Δ8 Clarity, and Entourage vape packaging is 95%+ plastic-free with custom inserts made using molded fiber pulp. iLAVA vape hardware is glass & ceramic only. iLAVA Magma and Lumen extracts are packaged in German glass containers. The Touch ECOPRIDE™ Edition is made of bamboo as are the lids on iLAVA FEEL.
New brands grounded in sustainability created by the group include zenzona vegan edibles and HiKeto! ketogenic foods are available at both stores. Both product lines use sustainable packaging including rice paper bags & kraft paper. The group is also launching a new 12-pack preroll product packaged in hemp plastic this month. Only locally grown DTF cannabis will be packaged in the new preroll containers. The locally made sleep-focused product line, Indica PM, is packaged in rapid degradation plastic containers and will be transitioned to rice-paper bags in the second quarter of 2021.
The Downtown & D2 Dispensaries are on track to expand to over 200 local employees in 2021.
Arizona passed Prop 207, the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older, in 2020, and dispensaries throughout the state started getting licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to sell adult-use marijuana in early 2021.