Skip to navigationSkip to content
Maggie Shannon for Quartz
It’s what’s on the outside that counts.
PHOTO ESSAY

The beautiful packages of pot

Member exclusive by Alex Halperin for Cannabis

It turns out that the oldest dealer cliche, that weed sells itself, comes with an asterisk: In fact, illegal pot sells itself. Once high-quality product can be grown openly, at minimal risk, marijuana becomes just another crop vulnerable to the same marketing trap as breakfast cereal, with every company trying to put its own branding on a roughly similar commodity.

The market has begun to segment into brands, each with its own demographic target—professional women, perhaps, or retiring baby boomers who are looking for relief from the indignities of aging. Regulations, meanwhile, prohibit cannabis companies from using traditional advertising avenues such as television commercials or billboard advertising. So the biggest chance products have for standing out is in the store itself, a mission that has resulted in some of the most stand-out packaging in retail.


You are reading a Quartz member exclusive.

Become a member to keep reading this story and the rest of our expert analyses on the changing global economy.

Why we think you’ll like it:

The rest of our guide to Cannabis

News of the moment that’s contextualized, digestible, and always global in perspective

Exclusive, deeply researched guides on what the economy’s next normal will look like

Master this transition in your work and personal life through direct access to our journalists and the rest of our community

こちらは英語版への登録ページです。
Quartz Japanへの登録をご希望の方はこちらから。