Last year, legal marijuana sales from dispensaries in Washington State the day after Thanksgiving—a day which is apparently now known in the industry as “Green Friday”—were 13 percent higher than the average Friday, reports Bloomberg. And cannabis companies in other states where it’s legal reported bumper sales too.
Might that just be because a lot of people who would normally be working on a Friday don’t work on that Friday?
Think again: It isn’t only the Friday that gets a special name. Washington State data also indicates that the day before Thanksgiving, sales were up a whopping 27 percent on a normal Wednesday. So that day gets to be called “Weed Wednesday.”
Fittingly, marijuana edibles (up 58 percent on the average Wednesday) and drinks (up 72 percent) accounted for most of the pre-feast increase.
Could there be a reason for this surge beyond some munchies-related desire to increase eating capacity?
“Sometimes, it’s a little stressful to see family,” Amanda Gonzalez, CEO of Kaya Cannabis in Denver, tells Bloomberg. “In the same way some people might pick up a bottle of wine, some people are looking to pick up recreational cannabis. Maybe it’ll make your slightly racist uncle a little bit more tolerable.”
That figures. And for Thanksgiving 2016, when marijuana has just become a whole lot more legal and American racism has just received a massive boost, you might well expect this sales surge to be an even bigger phenomenon.
“In states where adult use is fully legal, like Colorado and Oregon, cannabis promotions around Black Friday have been common, and we expect we’ll see more of that happening as prohibition eases across the country,” says Adam Bierman, co-founder of a marijuana management consulting firm called MedMen.
Makes sense. And if the market-speak and specially named days feel a touch annoying—a bit like how Budweiser commercials can irritate the hell out of you, even though you acknowledge that ending alcohol prohibition was a good thing—console yourself with the thought that Weed Wednesday’s appearance in a number of states represents a situation far preferable, from human rights and racial equality standpoints, to what we had before.
We can all give thanks for that.
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.
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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.
"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.
American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS
US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.
A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.