For the stoner who has everything …
Walmart is selling a “Weed Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree” this season.
(At least it was until Wednesday afternoon, when the retailer pulled the tree from its website.)
Ornaments and bow were not included with the 7-foot faux Tannenbaum, which had a street, er, retail value of $250.
“The ad copy reads like it was fueled by office party egg nog,” writes Bruce Barcott, deputy editor for the cannabis website Leafly.
Indeed. The tree’s description on the Walmart website was sprinkled with token puns.
“This Pot Leaf Christmas tree will ‘light up’ the room and put your mind in the right head-space for holiday cheer,” it read.
“You’ll be able to relax and giggle at the marijuana leaves and decorate it as you please. This alternative Christmas tree is perfect for personal top shelf life at home or as a medical dispensary decoration. Green Wishes and Happy Holidhaze!”
The tree was sold and shipped by Brands On Sale Inc., a costume and novelty company, according to the Cannabist.
Weed News noticed the tree, too, and took a poke at Walmart for “trying to cash in this year on the cannabis movement like many other retailers” while noting that $250 is “more than the cost of three ounces of actual cannabis at some dispensaries in Oregon.”
The giant retailer “selling the ‘weed marijuana leaf Christmas tree’ is somewhat surprising, but is just another example of cannabis going mainstream,” wrote Weed News.
“Walmart also sells marijuana leaf cookie cutters which, while not specifically geared towards Christmas, can certainly be used to make Christmas cookies (cannabis infusion optional)!”
Barcott and his colleagues got to wondering: “Which is cheaper, a seven-foot Walmart Weed Christmas Tree or an actual seven-foot cannabis plant?”
He asked Washington state cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver, who sounded excited at the prospect of a new income stream — “live canna-Christmas trees.”
If she sold a 7-foot cannabis plant — which would take several months to grow outdoors — she would probably sell it for $200, she said.
That would be for a plant not in flower, weeks away from harvest, she said. It would be worth hundreds and hundreds more after it flowered.
“With cannabis Christmas trees, as in life, timing is everything,” Barcott noted.
While Walmart no longer offers the marijuana Christmas tree, it does have other weed-oriented products for sale, including marijuana cookie cutters, ornaments and coloring books (the latter targeted to adults) – as well as a variety of home drug tests.