Pot retailers offer Green Friday specials

Washington, Colorado leading the way in recreational marijuana retail sales

Customers at the counter at marijuana retailer New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Customers at the counter at marijuana retailer New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — It may be Black Friday to the rest of the retail world, but for recreational marijuana retailers it’s Green Friday.

Orders being filled at marijuana retailer New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Orders being filled at marijuana retailer New Vansterdam in Vancouver, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

In Vancouver, New Vansterdam, 6515 East Mill Plain Blvd., opened at 8 a.m. with a sale that they said introduced “some of the lowest prices seen in SW Washington.”

A dozen Washington marijuana producers were at the store including Monkey Grass Farms, one of the largest growers in the state.

There were menu markdowns on marijuana and paraphernalia. There were sample packs, pipes and edible products.

The first-ever Green Friday has been a huge hit with customers, retailers and growers.

“I had somebody open a menu and just start snickering,” said Shon Harris of New Vansterdam.

“People are so happy to be here and it’s been a little bit crazy,a  little bit of a rush,” said Rachel Cooper of Monkey Grass Farms.

Joints for $3 to $5 — normally $22 to $30 — were a favorite order item on the menu.

“They have an expectation of a $30 gram,” Harris said. “They open the book and it’s half that price and they’re all smiles and all the sarcasm actually went away. They’re actually very happy now.”

At the purchase and checkout station, the wait was longer than normal for most of the day.

New Vansterdam customer Tracy Crosley was satisfied.

“We’re gonna go home,” she said, “and just chill for the weekend now.”

In Colorado

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s new retail marijuana industry is joining the rush for holiday shopping dollars.

The Grass Station in Denver offered traditional doorbuster deals on what some are calling “Green Friday”. The most popular was an ounce of marijuana for $50, about $200 less than the normal price for those strains.

The ounce special was only available to the first 16 customers but 120 people still lined up outside the shop, starting on Thursday evening.

Jarret Morgan picked up the last available ounce at the special price. He says he’s shopped on Black Friday before and said the ounce special was the best deal he saw this year. He says he doesn’t need any more TVs or GPS’s, adding you can those every year.

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