April 20 sparks conversation over marijuana and safety

The owner of one dispensary says 10 times the amount of customers come into his shop than on a regular day looking to celebrate the holiday.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2019 8:10 PM
Updated: Apr. 22, 2019 10:16 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- April 20 continues to spark conversations over marijuana safety. 

The owner of TJ's dispensary, Travis McKenzie, says 4/20 is like the Black Friday of the marijuana community and he says even though it's a day they look forward to all year he wants to still advise people to consume responsibly and stay safe.

"It's a very special day so people in the cannabis culture will celebrate and dispensaries will have deals. It's like the Black Friday of weed," McKenzie said. 

He says 10 times the amount of customers come into his shop than on a regular day looking to celebrate the holiday.

Even though he says he loves the "holiday" he says that doesn't mean safety takes a day off.

"It's a great day, but if you are consuming cannabis throughout the whole day we do want to remind you to stay safe... stay out from behind the wheel... walk or take the bus"

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for marijuana doubled from 2007 to 2015.

Last year EPD launched a "don't toke and drive" campaign encouraging drivers to stay sober from all means of intoxication or risk getting pulled over.

Many police departments said that even though they don't have any extra patrols out today they want to remind you that driving under the influence of marijuana is still very illegal.

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