Pot vendors go green for Black Friday, and so does dealer in the drug that killed Prince

Today’s the day for deals on big-screen TVs, laptops, weed and the drug that killed Prince.

Not to be left behind by the likes of Best Buy and Target, marijuana dispensaries are jumping on the Black Friday wagon.

“Marijuana shoppers are just like everyone else, they are looking for deals and the dispensaries are rolling them out,” Forbes magazine reported Nov. 25.

Bay Area dispensaries are offering discounts, with San Francisco’s Bloom Room dubbing the day after Thanksgiving “Green Friday” and cutting prices on edibles, select strains of bud, and extracts. In San Jose, Purple Lotus is discounting several strains for its Black Friday sale, including “Pineapple Express” and “Mango Cookies.”

California has legalized pot for recreational use, but shops aren’t yet allowed to sell it on that basis, so legal pot sales are confined to patients who have been prescribed marijuana for one or more of a number of ailments.

But a large black market for drugs exists on the dark web, and there, too, vendors are slashing prices. One dealer was offering bargains on fentanyl, the deadly opioid that killed Prince and is leaving corpses strewn across North America — Black Friday buyers were to get two and a half times the quantity for the price, an article in U.S. News & World Report said.

In the fentanyl ad, the vendor admitted it was a “dangerous product” and said would-be buyers would have to say how many times more potent fentanyl was than heroin. (Most experts believe fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin.)

The newspaper also showed advertisements from a dark web site that offered Black Friday deals on LSD and weed.



Photo: Budding marijuana plants (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)



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