Akerna Flash Report: Green Wednesday is expected to bring in $90 million in cannabis sales as the US prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday

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 US cannabis shoppers will spend $251 million for the four days around Thanksgiving (11/24-11/27), a 60% increase over daily average sales. 

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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has earned the nickname Green Wednesday due to its consistently high cannabis sales, and this year should continue that trend. Wednesday, November 24th, is expected to bring in $90 million in sales, a 78% spike from daily averages, making it the second-highest sales day of the year after 420. Last year was the first time that Green Wednesday beat out Black Friday in cannabis sales, a phenomenon that is expected to repeat  this year. 

Thursday, November 25th, Thanksgiving, is predicted to bring about $4.6 million due to the shortened hours and closures of dispensaries and retail locations.

Friday, November 26th, also known as Black Friday, is expected to bring in another $88 million, up 71% from daily average sales. Black Friday will likely become another top 10 sales day for this year.

Saturday, November 27th, is predicted to gross $68.4 million in sales. 

"Whether people are turning to cannabis for relaxation, to nurture a sense of togetherness, or for other reasons, consumers have made it clear that cannabis is part of Thanksgiving preparation," said James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect at Akerna. "In anticipation of these major increases in sales and traffic, dispensaries and retailers should prepare their staff and promotions accordingly."

 Other predictions for 11/24 - 11/27:

  1. Category sales:
    1. Flower – 48%
    2. Cartridge/Pens – 32%
    3. Concentrates – 10%
    4. Infused Edibles – 9%
    5. Other – 1%
  2. Average order total:
    1. Adult use - $81.20
    2. Medical - $127.30
  3. Sales by demographic:
    1. 62% male
    2. 38% female
  4. Sales by age groups:
    1. Under 30 – 28%
    2. 30-40 –31%
    3. 40-50 – 20%
    4. 50-60 –12%
    5. Over 60 – 9%

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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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About the Akerna Flash Report

Flash Report is a look at buying trends in the cannabis market as captured by Akerna's MJ Freeway subsidiary.

MJ Freeway provides operators with MJ Platform, the industry-leading solution for regulatory compliance technology, from seed-to-sale-to-self. Some instances of the flash report may include business intelligence derived from Akerna's family of companies, including Ample Organics, Leaf Data Systems, solo sciences, Trellis, Viridian Sciences, and 365 Cannabis.

Data is derived from MJ Platform, the leading provider of cannabis compliance software for the marijuana industry. Sales projections are based on market adjustment calculations and represent the entire US market as an aggregate.

Reporting Data is obtained from operators using Akerna's MJ Platform solutions. Akerna has one of the largest seed-to-sale footprints in the cannabis industry, operating in 15 countries and 23 U.S. states, including Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Arizona, California, Utah, Michigan, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Maine, Vermont, New Mexico, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Maryland, Washington D.C., Kansas, Arkansas, New York.

Increases are relative to the prior period. Additional business intelligence data sources may include proprietary tools used by Akerna's family of companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

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