Akerna Flash Report: US shoppers expected to spend $373 million on cannabis in preparation for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations

DENVER, Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Business intelligence from Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading enterprise software company and the developer of the most comprehensive technology infrastructure, ecosystem, and compliance engine powering the global cannabis industry, predicts that shoppers will spend $373 million on cannabis products as they prepare for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 

For pre-Christmas shopping, consumers are predicted to spend approximately $87 million on Thursday, December 23rd, and another $97 million on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, totaling about $184 million for Christmas preparations. Christmas Eve is predicted to be one of the top five sales days of the year.

For pre-New Year’s shopping, Thursday, December 30th, is projected to gross $89 million. New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31st, is predicted to bring in $100 million in cannabis sales, becoming the second-largest cannabis sales day of 2021 and bringing the total sales for the two days to $189 million. The largest day for cannabis sales in 2021 was 4/20, the unofficial cannabis consumption holiday.

“The days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s have historically been two of the top five cannabis sales days, and I expect to see this trend continue,” said James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect at Akerna. “As holiday gift shopping continues to face supply chain and shipping issues, shopping at your local cannabis retailer is a terrific way to avoid slowdowns while supporting a local business.”

With both official holidays falling on Saturday, stores will likely be closed those days. 

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About Akerna:

Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN) is an enterprise software company focused on compliantly serving the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industry. First launched in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $20 billion in cannabis sales to date and is the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq. The company’s cornerstone technology, MJ Platform, the world’s leading infrastructure as a service platform, powers retailers, manufacturers, brands, distributors, and cultivators.

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