For many pot lovers, this Christmas is much more about reefer than wreaths. Gift-giving has long been a part of marijuana culture, and the drug’s newly legal status is a source of Yuletide celebration in a few states.
Marijuana is still illegal in most states, but voters in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, and some residents of those states will legally stuff stockings with buds for the first time this Christmas.
For others, trouble with the law has killed the holiday buzz. A couple was arrested in Nebrask, on Tuesday with about 60 pounds of marijuana in their pickup truck they told police they planned to give as Christmas gifts. The couple, a 70-year-old and 80-year-old, told authorities they were traveling from California to Vermont and were unaware it was illegal to transport marijuana in Nebraska.
Remember, you can’t do this in Pennsylvania, where marijuana can be obtained legally for only certain medicinal purposes.
According to the Associated Press, statistics about legal sales of marijuana suggest a modest bump around the holidays. December sales accounted for 9.38% of sales revenue in Colorado last year, which is one percentage point above average.