As Arkansas is moving closer to medical marijuana, demand for recreational pot keeps growing around the nation.
Now, one unique alternative, is legal in several states.
With just 10 days left before Christmas the stress of last minute gift buying may have just gotten just a little easier.
“It’s about time,” said shopper Lori Avalos.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in an increasing number of states. In many cases, for the first time this year.
Cannabis retailers are rolling into the holiday spirit.
“Christmas cannabis is the most fantastic thing of the year,” said Store Manager, Toula Poulopoulos
“I think it’s the best thing in life,” said Avalos.
The result, pot shops across the country are expecting a sales high.
Last year combined cannabis sales in Colorado, Nevada And Washington, where recreational use is legal, increased 10 percent over the week of Thanksgiving.
Those same states also saw a 22 percent rise in sales the week before Christmas.
A trend that’s expected to repeat itself this holiday season.
“In our California and Nevada stores, where we’re allowed to sell our product for adult use, we’ve merchandised the store to celebrate the holidays,” said MedMen, David Dancer.
From edibles to ointments and even marijuana infused perfume, retailers hope to create an inviting retail experience for pot buyers.
“I like that it could be a Christmas gift present now. Where I came from I had to get a gift in an alley so the fact that I can buy a legally awesome gift for people in California is great,” said shopper, Tyler Gilmore.
MedMen, which has cannabis stores in five states, has a little something for anyone looking for a gift for someone on their nice, or naughty list.
The most popular gift, edibles.
With Cannabis infused chocolate sales increasing 52 percent the week before Christmas last year.
“Here in the store we’ve even got some products that are made just for the holidays. You can now get peppermint bark infused with cannabis,” said Dancer.
A unique stocking stuffer keeping sprits high for the holidays.
Pot shops are anticipating an additional spike in sales around New Year’s Eve.
That’s when they expect sales of cannabis infused beverages to almost double.