Stoned Pizza owner says sales have tripled since stay-at-home order
For Stoned Pizza owner Chris Barrett, or the Pizza Pusha as some call him, it has not been business as usual during the pandemic.
"As soon as this thing happened, I mean it was night and day,” said Barrett.
His takeout and delivery service includes not just pizza but also chicken wings, baked goods, soda and more, all infused with cannabis.
He tells News 12 that sales have tripled since the shutdown started. "Everyone is home, they're hungry, they wanna get high, they want to relieve the stress,” says Barrett.
Barrett says some are spending their stimulus checks getting high on pies and that others are possibly switching from smoking to edibles because of the higher risk of the coronavirus causing severe illnesses for those with respiratory issues.
"It's like an edible explosion... I don't know if pizza is the most healthy way to do it, but it's healthier than smoking,” says Barrett.
Barrett tells News 12 he's grateful he's able to make people happy during this difficult time and that he is also hiring people who are currently out of work.
However, not everyone is seeing this increase in cannabis use as a good thing.
"The marijuana you get to get high does not cause any relief of anxiety, it doesn't get you better,” advises Dr. Rubina Waheed.
Dr. Waheed says instead of resorting to marijuana, those who are experiencing an increase in anxiety or depression should reach out to their doctors for help.
"They know you, they know your medical history, they know your medications,” says Dr. Waheed.
As for the Pizza Pusha, he tells News 12 he has no plans to stop stirring the pot.