COALINGA, Calif. – International cannabis brand Cookies today announced the upcoming opening of its first-ever U.S. consumption lounge in Coalinga, a city in Fresno County. The consumption lounge is located inside the new Cookies dispensary that features a full line of Cookies’ exclusive strain genetics and premium products.
Located just off the I-5 approximately 200 miles from San Francisco and Los Angeles, the high-end consumption lounge is the first in Fresno County and was thoughtfully designed as a bespoke space for people to consume legally and responsibly while also having the option of ordering food. Consumers can expect a curated, seed-to-table-like experience.
The alcohol-free lounge features a custom-made bar, luxury seating for 30 people and a top-of-the-line air filtration system. City ordinance allows any products sold in the Cookies Coalinga dispensary, including flower, concentrates and edibles, to be consumed in the lounge. Customers can also purchase cannabis-infused beverages and have them poured over ice. Product selection includes all Cookies top-shelf products and Cookies family of brands including Lemonnade, Collins Ave, Run The Jewels, Grandiflora, Minntz, Runtz, as well as Ocean Grown Extracts.
The Cookies Coalinga dispensary opens in partnership with the social justice brand EVIDENCE, which is owned and operated by siblings Dan, Casey and Kelly Dalton. It was a natural fit for Cookies ever since Berner partnered with the Daltons to provide a pack of VIBES rolling papers in every bag of EVIDENCE.
Casey Dalton stated, “We grow cannabis in a former prison in Coalinga, so partnering with Cookies to open the very first consumption lounge in Fresno County is a dream come true.”
Cookies looks forward to taking a break at the dispensary and consumption lounge on his frequent trips between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
The Cookies Coalinga dispensary is located at 144 E. Durian Ave. and will open on Saturday, Sept. 18. Cookies will host a grand opening at 10 a.m. with Berner in attendance. Attendees must be 21+. Access to the consumption lounge requires an online reservation.
Cookies, founded in 2008 by Berner (the prolific Bay Area rapper and entrepreneur) and his partner Jai (a Bay Area breeder and cultivator) is more than a premier cannabis company; it is an authentic brand with passionate fans all over the world. The company went mainstream in 2011 and has grown its business through the combination of globally recognized premium genetics, popular culture resonance, and social media influence. Cookies is constantly engaged in new breeding projects to launch differentiated brands and has quickly built a grassroots cult following while remaining loyal to its brand promise: authenticity and innovative genetics.
Today, Cookies is one of the most well-respected and top-selling cannabis brands in California and throughout the world. The company and its products are recognized globally and offer a collection of over 150 proprietary cannabis varieties and product lines including indoor and sungrown flower, pre-rolls, gel capsules, vape cartridges, CBD Flower and medicinal mushrooms. Cookies’ seed-to-sale business allows for complete quality control at every step—from cultivation and production to customers’ end retail experience. With a deep commitment to restorative justice and progressive drug policy, Cookies actively works to enrich communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs through advocacy work and social equity initiatives.
Growing and manufacturing cannabis out of an abandoned, high security private prison in Coalinga, California, EVIDENCE is a brand owned by parent company Ocean Grown Extracts, a California legacy brand. Damian Marley joined siblings Dan, Casey and Kelly Dalton as they are all passionately committed to correcting the injustices associated with cannabis prohibition, and building a sustainable, more equitable future for the industry at large. Their brand EVIDENCE packages its flower in police evidence bags to bring attention to the current 40,000 prisoners of cannabis prohibition, and $1 from every EVIDENCE cannabis bag sale goes to criminal justice reform non-profit Last Prisoner Project.