McDonald's Colorado Cannabis Section Hoax Fools Stoners

Gregory Wakeman

Stoners around the world rejoiced when reports that McDonald's across Colorado were planning on covering play areas into marijuana smoking areas.

Unfortunately for those who enjoy smoking cannabis there was just one problem with the story. It was completely fabricated.

The news story first appeared on Now8News, which insisted that 15 McDonald's restaurants in Colorado had announced that they were going to convert their play place areas into these sections.

But they didn't stop there though, with the piece going on to insist, "Each facility will consist of 15 smoking pods in which customers can smoke a joint, bong, or pipe without being harassed or bothered by people who are offended by it."

How would these pods have actually worked though? Well, they would have each contained the marijuana smoke with their walls, while a small ventilation tube above would have allowed it to seep out.

DENVER - APRIL 20: Men pass a marijuana cigarette to each other during a pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park with the Colorado State Capitol Building in the background April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. April 20th has become a de facto holiday for marijuana advocates, with large gatherings and

The article even went to insist that two restaurants in Denver, Colorado, had already mad this conversion, and that plans were in place for the final 13 franchises to complete their own renovations before 2015 comes to a close.

It also made sure to point out that McDonald's didn't have any plans to actually profit from the sale of marijuana.

What the piece did fail to mention, though, was the fact that it was entirely false. It did manage to convince many users across the world wide web though, thanks in part to the fact that they created some rather authentic looking images to add to their article.

— (@snopes) October 8, 2015

— Green Rush Daily (@greenrushdaily) October 12, 2015

— Mario Landeros (@mariolanderos) October 12, 2015


This faux news story comes hot off the back of McDonald's announcing that they are now serving their breakfast all-day long.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 6, 2015

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 12, 2015

McDonald's USA President Mike Andres said that the idea behind erasing the traditional 10:30 a.m. cut off was purely because the consumers had requested it so fervently.

Andres explained, via the Wall Street Journal, "This is the consumers' idea. This is what they want us to do. That's why I think this could be the catalyst for our turnaround." McDonald's is looking to reinvigorate their image, while they've also been in a sales slump over the last three years too.

[Images via Getty/Justin Sullivan & Getty Images/Kevin Lee & Getty Images/Chris Hondros]