- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 29, 2014

Marijuana shops in Colorado jumped on the holiday shopping season with “Green Friday” deals — featuring holiday strains, gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies.

As businesses across America rolled out doorbusters and new products to entice holiday shoppers, in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized since January, people stood in line for hours to get cheap pot.

The Grass Station in Denver offered the first 16 customers on “Green Friday” an ounce of weed for $50, about a fifth of the cost of the next cheapest strain at the Colorado dispensary, The Associated Press reported.

The Green Friday price works out to be about a dollar a joint.

Conor Morrison, the manager of the Grass Station, told CBS News that the first customer had waited in line for 14 hours to get the Green Friday deal.

In the first two hours on Friday, the store served nearly 200 customers. On a typical Friday, the story usually serves 300 customers the entire day.

“I mean, it’s a business right? If everyone is out shopping, you’d want to get some of those dollars,” customer James Armstrong told CBS.

Other Colorado dispensaries also touted “Green Friday” deals.

The manager of The Green Room in Boulder, Sean Taggart, told Slate that they offered discounts, including lowering the price of eighths from $50 to $40.

“People will be out and about already, so we might as well accommodate the people that are out taking on Black Friday already,” Mr. Taggart said.

The “Green Friday” sales were a success, despite strict regulations on marijuana advertising that prohibits marketing to people younger than 21 via billboard, TV or magazine ads.

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