Saint Lucia’s Smoke Shop in Bucktown has a colorful new display of greeting cards for shoppers this holiday season, and the wintry cheer they bring comes with a marijuana-themed twist.
The $10 cards, as ornate and bright as any greeting card, have sayings like “Let’s blaze for the holidaze,” and “Ho-ho-high.” And instead of a placeholder for money, there’s a small pipe attached.
Consumers can’t legally give weed as a gift — only medical marijuana patients can shop for cannabis in Illinois, and they’re not allowed to give away what they purchase. But with recreational marijuana sales set to start Jan. 1 to anyone over the age of 21, Chicago-area smoke shops and CBD retailers expect increased interest in cannabis-related items and accessories this holiday season. The stigma surrounding weed is diminishing, and retailers say those who once worried about the optics of giving marijuana-themed gifts are starting to feel emboldened.
Since proper etiquette around giving and receiving weed-themed gifts hasn’t fully been established, venturing into the new territory could make Christmas morning awkward.
Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and author of a 2019 guide to cannabis culture called “Higher Etiquette,” suggested gift-givers think twice before choosing a marijuana or CBD gift unless they’re certain the recipient is an enthusiast. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]