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Which Is Cheaper: Walmart’s ‘Weed Christmas Tree’ or Actual Weed?

A few months ago, Leafly contributor Chase Scheinbaum noticed that Walmart was offering a cannabis rosin press on its website for $299. So we ordered one and put it through its paces. The result? Not bad.

Now it appears that the nation’s largest retailer is continuing its rollout of cannabis-themed products.

For the holiday season, Walmart is selling “the original Weed Christmas Tree,” a seven-foot fake tree made up of cannabis leaves, for $249. It looks like this once you Photoshop ornaments and a bow onto it:

The ad copy reads like it was fueled by office party egg nog:

This Pot Leaf Christmas tree will “light up” the room and put your mind in the right head-space for holiday cheer. You’ll be able to relax and giggle at the marijuana leavesand decorate it as you please. This alternative Christmas tree is perfect for personaltop shelf life at home or as a medical dispensary decoration. Green Wishes and Happy Holidhaze!

“Personaltop shelf life.” Not even sure what that means.

Pound-for-Pound Comparison

The whole thing got a few of us thinking: Which is cheaper, a seven-foot Walmart Weed Christmas Tree or an actual seven-foot cannabis plant?

All leaf, no bud: Walmart canna-tree.

For an expert opinion I turned to Washington state cannabis farmer Crystal Oliver, proprietor of Washington’s Finest Cannabis. Oliver and her partner Kevin raise their crop outdoors in the sunshine near Spokane.

A seven-foot cannabis plant, she told us, would take several months to grow outdoors. “If we were to sell a seven-foot vegetative plant, we would probably ask for a couple hundred dollars,” Oliver told me.

Would that be legal?

“Yes,” she said. “We’re now able to sell plants and clones to registered medical cannabis patients, so it’s possible. But we typically sell much smaller plants to registered patients.”

The question inspired a possible new product line. “Live canna-Christmas trees…perhaps a new income stream we hadn’t considered,” she said. “Well, there’s always next year.”

The seven-foot cannabis plant price estimate, Oliver added, would be for a plant not in flower. In other words, one that’s about eight to 12 weeks away from harvest. “If the plant was in flower, it would probably yield one to three pounds of dried useable marijuana, which would be worth around $1,000 a pound wholesale and $3,000 a pound retail.”

Kevin Oliver and crop. (Courtesy of Washington’s Finest Cannabis)

So there you have it. An actual canna-Christmas plant ($200) is cheaper than Walmart’s imitation Weed Christmas Tree ($249). But once it’s in flower, the actual plant skyrockets in price.

With cannabis Christmas trees, as in life, timing is everything. Happy…Holidhaze.

The world's largest retailer is selling a fake 7-foot canna-Christmas tree for $249. We asked a farmer: What's an actual 7-foot cannabis plant cost?

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    Nothing says Christmas quite like gathering around a fake tree meant to look like a big pot plant.

    Just in time for the holidays, the unholy ghost of Christmas past has recycled what was once known as the original Weed Christmas Tree and renamed it “Artificial Fake Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree Weed.” Pretty catchy, right?

    You’re running out of time to get your very own weed Christmas tree — now, with a new name Back to video

    Once available on Walmart’s website for the not-at-all low price of US$299, this Christmas peculiarity can now be yours from eBay for US$349.99 (no actual weed included, despite the price).

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    “This Pot Leaf Christmas tree will ‘light up’ the room and put your mind in the right head-space for holiday cheer,” read the original description on Walmart’s website.

    “You’ll be able to relax and giggle at the marijuana leaves and decorate it as you please. This alternative Christmas tree is perfect for personal top shelf life at home or as a medical dispensary decoration. Green Wishes and Happy Holidhaze!”

    Once available on Walmart’s website for the not-at-all low price of US$299, this Christmas peculiarity can now be yours from eBay for US$349.99 (no actual weed included, despite the price). Photo by eBay

    Despite the solid sales pitch, the tree soon vanished from Walmart only to reappear on Amazon where it was met with a negative review from the only person who seems to have encountered it in real life.

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    “Thought this would be a nice full looking Cannabis Christmas tree but it definitely needs at least 3 more dozen branches,” the unhappy customer wrote on the website. “Bottom is a lot more full than the top, definitely not worth 250 plus s&h…. very disappointed and will be returning.”

    The review did not stop the product from selling out, making eBay the only place to turn to for all your Artificial Fake Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree Weed needs.

    Just don’t put it near the fireplace.

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    Who doesn’t want a giant unsmokeable pot plant in the corner of their home?