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.
Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.