Anchorage's marijuana shops see an increase in sales on 4/20

Published: Apr. 21, 2017 at 4:34 PM AKDT
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One day after the national holiday of cannabis, six of Anchorage's seven legal marijuana shops reported an increase in sales, on April 20.

Channel 2 made individual calls to local open-for-business shops, including Enlighten Alaska, Arctic Herbery, Alaskabuds, AlaskaSense, Dankorage, Alaska Fireweed and AK Fuzzy Budz.

All of these shops, with the exception of Alaskabuds, reported seeing an increase in sales and foot traffic, on Thursday. However, while Alaskabuds did not see an increase in sales on April 20, owner Tammy Miller said the shop did sell more product than usual, on April 19.

Miller suggested that Alaskabuds did not see an increase in sales, on April 20, due to the fact that they "did not advertise the holiday."

Whereas Bryant Thorp, owner of Arctic Herbery, said most of his shop's April 20 transactions were for his "4 for $20" pre-roll deals.

Yesterday, Arctic Herbery had about 850 transactions, said Thorp. He added that on a normal day, the shop usually has approximately half as many transactions. The owner also attributed his well-stocked shelves as a contributing factor to Thursday's influx in sales.

Sue Nowland of Alaska Fireweed also attributed the shop's increase in sales to "having a good selection of product." She said the shop had a steady stream of customers, throughout the day.

Other shops that reported being constantly busy were AlaskaSense, Dankorage and AK Fuzzy Budz.

While Leah Levinton of Enlighten Alaska said the shop saw a lot of foot traffic both before and after the timestamp 4:20 p.m.; however, the influx of customers subsided, during that specific time.

"People wanted to celebrate the national holiday of cannabis," Levinton said.