Marketing firms benefit by helping Instagram dealers create “designer brands” to increase their cannabis sales.
The companies – registered with Companies House – openly brag online about how they make carefully designed bags and products to package the medication.
The special packaging is often aimed at young people.
A company called Dank Canz is run by the couple Jack and Rosanna Chapman in Nottingham. Thanks is slang for potent, high quality cannabis.
The company’s website, registered as DC Print and Packaging Ltd, states, “Branding is vital in all industries … we have skilled designers ready to create unique designs for your business and packaging . “
It posts links to bags and other products it has produced for customers and adds, “Contact us today for more information on custom packaging and branding.”
Owned by a husband and wife, Jack and Rosanna Chapman, from Hucknall, Nottingham. The couple run Dank Canz, who is registered in Companies House as DC Print and Packaging Ltd. Thanks is slang for potent, high quality cannabis
Thanks to Canz is promoting the products on Instagram and has Ben and Jerry designs (pictured) for cannabis products. The website even offers a “Request a Strain” service so customers can specify what kind of cannabis they are packaging.
These include bags in the look of popular children’s cereals – such as Frosties and Lucky Charms – Monster Munch Chips and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Thanks to Canz even sponsors a “Cannabis Cup” in which Instagram dealers fight for the quality of their product
The website even offers a “Request a Strain” service so customers can specify what kind of cannabis they are packaging.
It is also said to offer a range of “high quality custom products” to “showcase your brand”.
It connected to a bag the company had “printed and packaged” for Stonechester, a cannabis retailer with 19,000 followers.
It shows a picture of Bart Simpson smoking a joint and saying, “100 percent awesome”. In other posts, Dank Canz points to a bag with McDonald’s clown Ronald McDonald, who smokes the drug known as “Premium UK Cannabis”.
The bags are also designed to look like kids’ cereals – like Frosties and Lucky Charms, Monster Munch Chips and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Thanks to Canz even sponsors a “Cannabis Cup” in which Instagram dealers fight for the quality of their product.
And on his Facebook page, Mr. Chapman posted pictures of himself with what appeared to be joints and adverts for his company.
One post said, ‘Everyone knows Photoshop, smokes weed and wants a job?’ When contacted by an undercover reporter posing as a cannabis trader who needed bags to promote his online business, Dank Canz replied, “It’s all about the bag designs and who you get your bags to, new products ‘Cool products, good varieties and a lot more, especially good weed.’ Another company called Custom Dank describes itself as “the UK’s largest range of bespoke smoking accessories” and helps dealers “build your brand” at the “best price”.
Its customizable product list – which is said to be “always growing” – includes grinders, trays, ashtrays, lighters, joint holders, cannabis seed and flower packaging, glass jars, LED signs, business cards and key rings. It offers free UK delivery on all orders.
The company is run by Oliver Bents, 34, a married former business development manager from Cardiff.
He only contacts customers via email. And when he was contacted by an undercover reporter from Mail asking for bags and advice on promoting his cannabis sales, he said he could only design and print bags, adding, “Be careful what you write when you e- Sending mails etc. It is very risky to be so frank when you know what I mean. ‘
However, he’s not that shy about his company’s website and Instagram page.
He openly posted pictures of a bag he made for an online retailer that said it contained highly concentrated cannabis.
The bag for LoudFamUK contains a cannabis flower and says it contains THC – the psychoactive component of cannabis that is illegal in the UK.
He also worked for an online retailer called Secret Farmer, and the package says it contains “Cannabis – A Class B Controlled Substance”.
For smaller retailers he offers “generic” bags adorned with “premium quality” and “top shelf” cannabis.
The company’s website states that Custom Dank is a registered trademark of Jsob Trading Ltd, of which Mr. Bents is listed as a director in Companies House.
It also has a sales tax identification number.
Mr. Bents told the mail, “We are a manufacturer of packaging and accessories.
“All products sold are for novelty purposes only and we do not condone or encourage illegal activity.”
Thanks Canz did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “We have removed several of the accounts reported to us by the Daily Mail and are continuing to investigate.
“Buying and selling drugs is strictly against our rules and we use a combination of technology and human verification to remove them.
‘Between April and June, we removed 2.3 million pieces of content from drug sales, over 95 percent before it was reported to us, and we are working closely with law enforcement and youth organizations to help us continuously improve.
“We’re looking for new ways to support people looking for this content in the UK and hope to have an update soon.”