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

December 12, 2017
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.


We Made Dabs With a $299 Walmart Rosin Press

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.

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Bruce Barcott

Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

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  • Paul Sorensen

    “You better light up, you better roll tight, you better take bong hits morning and night…cannabis is coming to town”

    • Mark Ellis

      He’s taking a hit,
      Sometimes twice
      Hand blown glass bong
      And a few cubes of ice
      Cannabis is coming to town

      • Paul Sorensen

        Yours is better!

        • Kellie Koch

          I’m loving both of them!! Enjoy your Holidaze!

          • William

            Love you when you’re sleepin’
            Love you wide awake
            Love you when the smoke is done
            So make tea for Christmas’ sake…:-)

      • Serai 1

        She knows when you’ve been vaping
        She knows when you’re well baked
        She knows you’re mellow when you’re high,
        So get high, for goodness’ sake!

  • True Living Organics

    This is stupid. Is this the best articles leafly can offer? If so please find new writers this is crap

    • Paul Sorensen

      Bah, humbud!!

      • Mark Ellis


    • Serai 1

      And who’s forcing you to read it, exactly? You didn’t HAVE to click the link.

      • True Living Organics

        Its 1st i read and if u have a problem with my commen you can go f**** yourself

        • Mark Ellis

          You’re absolutely correct- Serai has the freedom to go F off if so desired. As we have the freedom to express our thoughts,opinions, and poetry in this venue. As previously stated, you have a choice. You are free to be without a sense of humor for the rest of your life.
          Troll? I hope because you cannot use ganja and be this miserable!

          • True Living Organics

            Its you morons that have a problem with my opinion so u can go f yourself to bitch

          • nixnoutz

            I’ll bet you pleasure yourself while staring, drooling at yourself in the mirror.

          • True Living Organics

            Nope just your mother and daughter

          • Karl Huntington Neugebauer

            Spot on!

  • Legalize420

    I m sorry to say this, but a$ “cool” as it is to see, it’s way overpriced and that growers estimate is way over the top. Cannabis would be a HORRIBLE choice for something like this.

    I did something like this one year when I had 1 plant growing and X’mas time hit, I carefully added a few ornaments and put some cards on it for a day.

    IF one we’re to consider this, the only realistic option would be HEMP. Hemp grows in a more “tree” like manner, and generally stays taller and you don’t gotta worry about damaging your harvest, branches, or anything. Also, if you don’t have the right lights etc, a cannabis plant will droop and die real fast. No one will pay $200 or something crazy for that.

    If your a grower, if you HAVE to do this, grow a hemp plant as they are much more reasonable, and your not killing a plant ready to flower just for a day. Also, natural lndicas do not grow 7ft so strain would matter as well. Also, the shock from transferring from an outdoor or greenhouse grown to indoors under unnatural light, your “tree” would be drooping and turning colors by the next day.

    I’ve already put thought into this and it’s not realistic or feasible, walmarts option is a crazy overpriced, but more sensible option. Clones are worth $20-$25 mostly unless it’s a very rare obscure genetic or literal “clone only” cut. Why hemp is the most sensible option. It’s made to be cut down and made into fiber or oil or many other things.

    If you really want a “canna” X’mas tree, simply get some industrial hemp seeds and grow one for this purpose. Perfect! HEMP>Pine for X’mas though are my feelings. Peace and Love, and Hemppy Holidaze all! 🙂

  • William

    It’s the thought that counts…:-)

  • Linda Vee Sado

    Seems I have seen silk pot plants around over the years for sale Could probably find something online cheaper

  • George Gilbert

    i just read the weed christmas tree artical that walmart is selling. it wasn’t but a couple years ago on the news they fired a man who was useing medical, whats up with that ?

  • Stormee

    BRAVO 👏👏👏 to the Illustrious Kushmas Singers!

  • Carson Hall

    Walmart is no longer selling this, you can still purchase through Amazon.

  • William Blume

    Actually, might be possible to do an identical tree with an all states legal plant. A hemp plant, like used to make rope, looks the same but has no THC component. They grow wild all over Kansas and fool a lot of people. Thing is, you might need a document stating that it was a “drug safe” variety just to vigorous law enforcement professional at a safe distance.