How To Make Sure You’re Not Overpaying For Weed

Recreational weed is now legal in the state of California which means more availability, better quality and (theoretically) lower prices. People all over the country are dedicating their lives to growing the dopest weed around and technology is providing us with ever-improving growing techniques. If you’re going to an adult-use dispensary for the first time, you might wonder; how much should an eight cost these days anyway?

It’s okay if mathematics isn’t your strong point. We’re not here to crunch numbers. We’re only here to make sure that you’re not overpaying for your pot. It’s important to remember that the numbers change depending on the quality of weed as well as which legal state you’re buying it in.

Weed prices by state

Not every state in the US has legalized yet, so for the purpose of this article, we’re only going to talk about the ones that have. On average, an ounce of weed in the USA costs $324 according to priceofweed.com. Side note, this website is a great place to get some key information about weed prices. Users can anonymously submit how much they paid for weed and where. But the average doesn’t say much. If you moved from Pittsburgh to Portland, Oregon and you’re a heavy smoker, well – you could save enough money for a year’s worth of fine dining if that’s what you’re into.

So, what does an ounce look like from state to state? Let’s begin with the most expensive:

North Dakota:

  • High quality: $388/oz
  • Medium quality: $328/oz
  • Low quality: $298/oz

New Hampshire:

  • High quality: $341/oz
  • Medium quality: $298/oz
  • Low quality: $148/oz

Minnesota:

  • High quality: $334/oz
  • Medium quality: $279/oz
  • Low quality: $213/oz

New York:

  • High quality: $339/oz
  • Medium quality: $270/oz
  • Low quality: $233/oz

Florida:

  • High quality: $299/oz
  • Medium quality: $225/oz
  • Low quality: $165/oz

New Mexico:

  • High quality: $283/oz
  • Medium quality: $227/oz
  • Low quality: $156/oz

What about states where marijuana is legal for both recreational and medical purposes?

Washington:

  • High quality: $232/oz
  • Medium quality:$190/oz
  • Low quality: $171/oz

Oregon:

  • High quality: $210/oz
  • Medium quality: $186/oz
  • Low quality: $138/oz

California:

  • High quality: $242/oz
  • Medium quality: $204/oz
  • Low quality: $189/oz

Nevada:

  • High quality: $270/oz
  • Medium quality: $234/oz
  • Low quality: $254/oz

Alaska:

  • High quality: $298/oz
  • Medium quality: $303/oz
  • Low quality: let’s not even talk about it

Colorado:

  • High quality: $242/oz
  • Medium quality: $199/oz
  • Low quality: $220/oz

Massachusetts:

  • High quality: $339/oz
  • Medium quality: $285/oz
  • Low quality: $236/oz

Maine:

  • High quality: $295/oz
  • Medium quality: $242/oz
  • Low quality: $201/oz

It’s evident that lower quality weed doesn’t necessarily mean lower prices. In some states, the price actually increases for lower quality pot, leaving you with no excuse to get the best quality weed you can.

Prices vary depending on the weight and type

Weed prices are always measured by its weight. In general, the more you buy, the cheaper the per gram price becomes. Let’s take a look at the price of weed in California, for example. The average cost per gram of high-quality weed is about $15. However, the average price per eighth of high-quality weed is about $45, and the average per ounce is just over $240. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. The same pattern can almost always be observed across different states.

It’s also worth noting that it does matter whether you are buying recreational weed or medical weed. In general, medical dispensaries tend to cost a little bit more than recreational ones. So, you’re not getting ripped off if you’re paying a few more bucks for some superior quality medicine. That being said, if you’re in California, there’s something to be said for keeping your MMIC – medical marijuana is exempt from the taxes applied to recreational weed.

Shop around

The best way to get the best weed prices is to shop around. In this modern day and age, you don’t even have to leave your couch. Some dispensaries offer all kinds of deals and incentives for you to shop there. From veterans’ discounts to birthday freebies, you can end up getting a really good price on weed. The days of getting ripped off for weed have well and truly passed. Use the tools at your disposal, do some research and you’ll be well on your way to securing the best price for your pot!

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