Understanding the cost of cannabis is essential for patients seeking relief. So, how much is weed? What price ranges should cannabis newcomers expect when they step into a dispensary or pharmacy for the first time?
Marijuana prices are affected by a wide range of factors, and we’ll break those down in this article. We’ll also explore additional costs cannabis shoppers should look out for and offer savings tips for medical marijuana patients on a budget.
If you’re looking for a guide that can help you set a realistic dispensary budget, read on.
Before we dive into the average cost of weed, there are a few important things to remember about pricing information:
With all of the above in mind, the previously-mentioned price index lists the following average prices in the US (as of late September 2023):
But questions remain, like do these reflect dispensary prices or only black market sales? What separates “high-quality” weed from “medium-quality” weed according to this index?
Although the index doesn’t answer either of these questions, it’s still one of the most comprehensive sources for marijuana pricing available right now.
The best way to get a feel for actual weed prices in your area is to:
Let’s explore some elements that might impact the cost of marijuana in your area. Understanding these factors can help you set a realistic budget, make informed purchases, and predict how changes might impact weed prices over time.
Cannabis prices vary significantly by state due to differences in:
Additionally, costs tend to be highest in states where cannabis is newly legal and lowest in states with a well-established legal market.
The legal status of marijuana in your state can also impact the price. In general, marijuana tends to be cheaper in states with medical-only legalization and more expensive in states with recreational legalization.
In states with decriminalization (but not medical or recreational legalization) laws, dispensaries are largely non-existent. So, if you choose to buy weed in one of these states (like North Carolina), you might have to contend with the black market. Black market prices are generally different from dispensary prices (skewing lower), but black market products are largely unregulated and quality can vary greatly.
Just like wines, different cannabis strains have different prices. Why?
Let’s talk more about the point above. High-quality strains often come with higher price tags, but what is “high-quality marijuana?” Depending on who you ask, “quality” might refer to:
It’s important to note that, in many cases, quality and THC concentration don’t always correlate. The latter is an objective measure of a compound and the former is mostly subjective. That said, you’ll develop preferences (and your own perceptions of quality) as you try more products and learn what you like.
Generally speaking, cannabis customers can expect to find bulk discounts on marijuana products. The more you buy, the cheaper the price per gram.
However, newcomers to cannabis should consider buying weed in small increments until they know what they like. Even though it might be cheaper to buy flowers by the ounce at your dispensary, you shouldn’t commit to such a high quantity until you’re sure that you like the product.
While you’ll figure out your preferences and benefit from bulk pricing in due time, there are other ways to save on marijuana while you experiment with different products (we’ll explore these in more detail later).
Due to taxes and regulations, purchasing from a legal dispensary is typically more expensive than on the black market. If that’s the case, why spend more to buy weed at a dispensary?
Between safety, consistency, and legal protections, the extra cost for dispensary products is worth every penny.
Aside from the base price of cannabis, taxes and fees can add a significant amount to the final price. This factor changes from state to state.
Often, medical patients pay less in taxes when purchasing their products than recreational users, but this isn’t always the case.
Keep in mind that many states have used tax revenue from marijuana sales for good:
While these kinds of positive tax implications are often written into marijuana legalization ballot measures to sway skeptical voters, the result is a net positive for both medical marijuana patients and the beneficiaries of such legislation.
There are many ways to save money on cannabis—even if you’re a newcomer or you’ve never purchased through legal means before. Consider:
The cost of weed can vary greatly, depending on many factors. As a patient or consumer, it’s essential to understand these factors to make informed decisions about cannabis purchases.
Remember, the goal is not to find the cheapest product but the one that helps you achieve your desired results—like decreased chronic pain, relief from anxiety, or improved sleep.
At TeleLeaf, we’ve experienced the therapeutic power of cannabis firsthand—that’s why we’re so passionate about connecting people with this holistic plant medicine. If you’re interested in starting your journey with medical marijuana, learn more about getting your medical card and discover the healing you deserve.
*Disclaimer: This blog is educational and does not promote illegal activities. Please follow your local laws regarding cannabis use.*
The price of cannabis varies depending on factors such as geographic location, local laws, legal status (medical vs. recreational), strain and quality, quantity purchased, and the source (dispensary vs. black market). On average, in legal dispensaries, one might expect to pay between $10 and $15 per gram.
It’s essential to understand variations and other costs, like taxes, when determining the overall price. Always prioritize product value over mere cost and stay compliant with local regulations. Reach out to learn more or apply for your medical marijuana card today.
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