The Danksgiving holiday is constantly evolving for Phoenix cannabis enthusiasts. For some, it’s a fun pun to describe smoking at the big holiday. Others gravitate towards it and infuse their Thanksgiving feast with cannabis in many creative ways.
For the cannabis industry, Danksgiving reigns supreme in green. Green Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, is the second-highest grossing day after April 20, and dispensaries and cigar shops offer deep discounts on their wares. Special offers also arrive for Black Friday.
Why? People want to stock up to get them through the long holiday weekend and have plenty of remedies for what can be a stressful time. Having plenty of moist, or potent, weed provides a unique party favor for a Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving event.
However and whenever you choose to celebrate this week, here are some options for the cannabis consumer.
Thanksgiving Cannabis Tour
Wednesday, November 23
2444 West North Avenue
The 420 Ultimate Canna Bus is back. Hop on the bus for some Danksgiving fun and smoke up your new cannabuds as you’re whisked around the city’s dispensaries. At every stop, get discounts at VIP dispensaries. Passengers are guaranteed a bag full of goodies worth double the ticket price, and complimentary snacks and beverages are provided. The 420 bus, the only rolling “licensed and insured consumer lounge” in the Valley, seats 30 people. The dispensary tour departs at 6:30 pm from The Mint Dispensary location on Northern Avenue. Tickets are $50 per person.
Tom’s Palms Green Wednesday
Wednesday, November 23
2439 West McDowell Road
Another smart way to start Danksgiving is by donating your old blankets, clothes, jackets and other items to a good cause at Nature’s Medicines Dispensary. Tom’s Palms, a local nonprofit serving Phoenix’s homeless population, accepts donations at its storage space in the parking lot of Nature’s Medicines Dispensary between 10 am and 12 pm on Green Wednesday.
Tom’s Palms, which includes volunteers who are deeply rooted in the local cannabis community, feeds homeless people in Phoenix before and during Thanksgiving. Last year, the group gave out 350 turkey meals with all the trimmings, 750 slices of pumpkin pie, 150 blankets and more than 100 jackets.
If you miss the team outside Nature’s Medicines Dispensary, look for their teal Tom’s Palms donation boxes at various dispensaries around the greater Phoenix area when you stop by for Green Wednesday.
Trap Culture Black Friday
Friday, November 25
6670 West Cactus Road, #106, Glendale
Trap Culture, the group that put together the cannabis-friendly food truck festival Mangia Ganja, is back in Glendale for Black Friday. Cannabis vendors and dispensaries, including GreenPharms, will provide free samples; a food truck will hook you up with free tacos; and Trap Culture will hold some giveaways. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $15, or you get free admission if you bring a $10 toy or facilities agent (FA) card. The event is from 11 am to 6 pm in the Arizona Smokers parking lot.
Black Friday at The Mint Cannabis
Friday, November 25
5210 South Priest Drive, Tempe
Arizona’s largest dispensary got an early start on Thanksgiving Tuesday when it launched 135 hours of continuous retail operations at its Guadalupe location. The Mint Cafe offers cannabis-infused Thanksgiving sides, including salsa, cranberry sauce, garlic herb butter, and cornbread, each with 100 milligrams, for $15 a serving. Additionally, cannabis-infused pumpkin and pecan pies are available at all Mint dispensaries for $15. The supply is limited on food.
The celebration continues on Black Friday. A live DJ will spin tunes throughout the day. The Guadalupe shop will sell THC-infused coffee, the first place in Arizona to do so, and free uninfused tacos will be provided at all metro Phoenix Mint Cannabis locations until 8 p.m. All four Mint dispensaries in the Valley will offer buy-one – Get deals on select items in the store for the rest of the month.
Saturday, November 26
Location will be announced on The Errl Cup website
The Errl Cup is throwing a major Thanksgiving party for the hundreds of volunteers who help organize its events. If you didn’t volunteer at this year’s cannabis events, don’t worry. Management, which was charged with attracting 10,000 to 15,000 cannabis users to Mesa in October and is “focused on consumer appreciation and dispensary responsibility” by testing and rewarding the best cannabis products in Arizona, said it volunteers may bring guests. If you missed out on this year’s Danksgiving, consider volunteering for the next Errl Cup event. At least three are booked in 2023. A volunteer sign-up page can be found on The Errl Cup website. The cannabis-friendly potluck and party will take place from noon to 3pm on Saturday. Be sure to bring a side dish, dessert, and a cannabuddy.