For medical marijuana patients, “Green Wednesday” kicks off buying season – Worcester Telegram

Brad Petrishen   | Telegram & Gazette

Some local shoppers looking for a little extra motivation to clean their plates on Thanksgiving headed to their local dispensary for “Green Wednesday,” an increasingly popular marijuana sales day that’s a bit dank in Massachusetts because of regulations. 

The shopping holiday – expertly placed before one of the largest eating holidays of the year – meant marijuana deals for those with medical cards Wednesday, though others were out of luck. 

Massachusetts allows dispensaries to offer discounts on medical marijuana but not on recreational pot, meaning there were only a handful of places in Worcester a card holder might try for a discount. 

“We’ve had a very busy day in here,” Matt Davidson, manager at The Botanist at 65 Pullman St., said Wednesday afternoon. 

The Botanist is one of a growing number of dispensaries across the country who have offered Green Wednesday deals. According to the cannabis data company Headset, sales last Green Wednesday jumped 40% on the day last year in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. 

The Botanist’s Green Wednesday deal – which is also good on Friday – gives medical card holders 30% off any one item of their choice. 

The offer is good at the Worcester location as well as a new location the company opened earlier this month on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. 

“We’ve been encouraging our patients to hit it four times,” Davidson said, by going once Wednesday and once Friday to both Worcester and Shrewsbury. 

Davidson said sales for recreational marijuana in Shrewsbury and Worcester, which just opened for recreational sales earlier this month, were also steady Wednesday. 

While retailers can’t offer discounts on recreational marijuana, there are plenty of reasons – including the specter of more COVID-19 shutdowns – that people were out Wednesday weed shopping. 

“We actually had a line this morning,”

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