Google ranked Portland as the 13th worst city for holiday travel this Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t matter—it’s a city where most adults are happy to have the ability to purchase recreational marijuana, especially when Thanksgiving can create a polarized dinner table.
With Nov. 26, 2015, being Portland’s first holiday with major retail potential since early recreational sales started on Oct 1., dispensary owners and innovators are expressing gratitude to their patrons by giving new life to familiar sales modes of saying thank you.
Turkey in the Oven
If you get your turkey in the oven and suddenly realize you forgot to restock your stash for your pre- and post-meal sessions, there are some dispensaries in Portland ready to help. Brothers Cannabis will be open Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AmeriCannaRX will have a special sale for recreational clients from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, while its special sale for medical clients starts at 11 p.m.
If you make the mistake of having too many mouths to feed, and subsequently too many people to smoke out on Thanksgiving, you can always make a late night run to The Dispensary, as it will be open until 3 a.m.
Timeout for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is meant to be a time for us to gather in appreciation of our family, friends and good fortune. With this in mind, several dispensaries in Portland will be closed on Thanksgiving.
“We will not be open on Thanksgiving. I want our staff to be able to spend time with their family and friends over the holidays and not have to come into work, even if that means we miss out on some sales. Taking care of employees is way more important to me than maximizing revenues,” said Joe Dunne, owner of Zion Cannabis in downtown Portland.
Eli Bilton, CEO of Attis Trading Company, is of a similar mindset. “We will not be open on Thanksgiving so staff can be with their friends and family.”
Kaya Shack in Southeast Portland made its decision to close this Thanksgiving based upon prior experience. “We will not be open on Thanksgiving. We were open last year and we found it greatly disturbed our employees as it prevented them from preparing for the holiday with their families,” said Craig Frank, CEO of Kaya Shack (OTCQB: KAYS).
Green Friday: Game On
For those dispensaries that are taking a timeout on Thanksgiving, most will be offering deals on Black Friday, now known to some in the industry as Green Friday.
Attis Trading Company will have Green Friday specials on glass, vape pens and apparel, along with offering 10% off all week. Attis will also be premiering its new Crystal Kringle strain and a pumpkin spice flavored vape pen for the holidays.
“[Zion Cannabis] will be offering some steep flower discounts on Green Friday. We will have a selection of 8ths for less than $20 and quarters for $30,” according to Dunne. “People are out and about shopping that day and expect deals. Although I am personally not a big fan of the frenzied materialism on display every year on Black Friday, as a retailer, we want to deliver the deals that our regular customers expect.”
Meanwhile, Kaya Shack is going to avoid the temptation of holiday consumerism. “Kaya Shack] will not have any special sales on Thanksgiving and we are not offering any Black Friday deals,” Frank said. “We have 3-4 sales days a month. We see no point in a sale on the same day every other store is having one. Our prices are competitive every day of the year,” Frank explained.
Green Friday Refined
If you’re looking for more than just a good deal on Green Friday, then the official Green Friday event, presented by Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge, the CO2 Company and OG Analytical, is likely more in line with your taste.
The event, created by Josh Jardine Taylor, CEO of Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge, takes place on Nov. 27 and is designed so that cannabis connoisseurs can visit one of more than 20 participating dispensaries in Oregon to buy a quarter ounce of organic sun grown cannabis for $20, prepackaged in a glass jar.
According to Taylor, the event has three main goals:
1. To brand and promote sun grown Southern Oregon farms with an event that motivates consumers to try something new.
2. To expand awareness of the variety of Southern Oregon flower, as we have over 40 different strains being offered from over 20 different farms.
3. To help develop a market for Southern Oregon flower, while debunking some of the long standing myths about the quality of eco friendly cannabis.
In order to meet these goals, Taylor made sure he brought in sponsorship partners that share his values and goals. “I chose the CO2 Company knowing that they source the flower used in their products from a wide range of Southern Oregon sun grown farmers. I chose OG Analytical because IMHO, there is no finer lab working with cannabis in the state.”
The majority of the participating dispensaries are located in Portland; however, a few are also located in Eugene and Newport.
If you consider yourself a cannabis connoisseur with a refined palate, then you’ll want to head out early to visit a participating Green Friday dispensary, as each dispensary only has 2 pounds, or 128 quarters, of this specially curated collection.