You Won’t Believe How Much People in These 15 States Actually Pay for Marijuana

Health experts are still debating the possible negative side effects of cannabis on the body. That hasn’t stopped various states from making it legal. The price of marijuana differs significantly depending on where you live and whether or not you can legally obtain it for recreational use.

While an ounce of marijuana costs $387.72 in North Dakota (the most expensive state in the country for cannabis and one of the states with the harshest possession laws in the country) it costs $177 less per ounce in the cheapest state (page 15).

As of 2018, recreational marijuana has been legalized in nine states, including California, Colorado, and Alaska. Here’s how much customers can expect to pay for marijuana in these and other states across the country.

15. Illinois

Hand Holding Small Marijuana Leaf with Cannabis Plants in Background

Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois. | OpenRangeStock/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $352

Illinois has an estimated 60 medical marijuana dispensaries. The state first legalized cannabis for medical use in various forms in 2015.

Next: This state went through a different process than most to legalize recreational marijuana.

14. Vermont

A woman smokes marijuana in a water pipe

Vermont was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana by passing a law rather than through a ballot initiative. | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $349

There were reportedly four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Vermont as of 2017. It was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the passing of a law, and not by voter ballot.

Next: This state led the East Coast legalization trend.

13. Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts

In 2016, Massachusetts became the first East Coast state to legalize marijuana. | UMass.edu

  • Average cost per ounce: $339

Massachusetts was the first East Coast state to legalize marijuana. Since its legalization in 2016, 61 dispensaries have opened across the state.

Next: This could be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.

12. Connecticut

Westport, Connecticut

As of mid-2017, there were six medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut. | Jupiterimages/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $335

Connecticut reportedly had a total of six operating medical marijuana dispensaries as of mid-2017. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2012, but they’re currently in the process of making it legal for all adults by the end of 2018.

Next: This is one of many Western states where you can purchase medical marijuana legally.

11. Arizona

A woman rolls a marijuana cigarette as photographed

Arizona legalized medical marijuaan in 2010. | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $297

Since its legalization in 2010, medical marijuana has been sold in the state of Arizona in an estimated 99 different locations.

Next: There are probably more places to purchase marijuana legally here than you’d expect.

10. Alaska

A marijuana plant is grown in window sill of a Yupik family

Alaska voters legalized marijuana in 2014. | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $297

People in Alaska can purchase their marijuana legally from any of the state’s 93 operating dispensaries. State voters collectively legalized it in 2014.

Next: Medical marijuana has been legal here for almost two decades.

9. Maine

lubec, maine

Main voters chose to legalize marijuana in 2017. | Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $294

There were a total of eight medical marijuana dispensaries operating across the state in 2017. Maine first legalized medical marijuana in 1999, and a law was passed to legalize it recreationally at the end of 2017.

Next: You can pretty much get it anywhere — even here.

8. Michigan

Autumn in Traverse City Michigan

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2007. | garyrennis/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $289

The state of Michigan first legalized the use of medical marijuana back in 2007. According to anonymous data collected from PriceofWeed.com, as you’d expect, it costs more in places it hasn’t been legalized recreationally, such as Michigan, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Next: It only gets cheaper from here.

7. New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico church

New Mexico legalized medical cannabis in 2007. | ablokhin/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $283

There were an estimated 24 medical marijuana dispensaries as of 2017, even though the state officially legalized medical cannabis back in 2007.

Next: Stop here on your way to Vegas.

6. Nevada

Customers buy cannabis products at Essence Vegas Cannabis Dispensary after the start of recreational marijuana sales began in Las Vegas, Nevada

Customers line up to purchase legal recreational marijuana in Nevada in 2017. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $270

There are reportedly 61 dispensaries across the state. First opened in 2015, these locations began to legally sell recreational marijuana to any adult at the start of 2017.

Next: This state recently loosened its tight policies.

5. Montana

Aerial shot of Billings, Montana

In Montana, recreational cannabis is still illegal. | wellesenterprises/iStock/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $269

Since 2017, loosened restrictions on medical marijuana use have allowed more dispensaries to distribute to pre-approved patients. It has yet to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

Next: This is one of the most recent states to make recreational use legal for all adults.

4. California

Cannabis entrepreneur Virgil Grant holds a 3.5 gram container for the medical marijuana

In California, anyone over the age of 18 can now purchase marijuana. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $256

California was the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana, but didn’t legalize it recreationally until 2016. There are reportedly 261 dispensaries across the state. Any adult over the age of 18 can purchase marijuana here.

Next: This state might have more medical marijuana facilities than all the rest combined.

3. Colorado

People attend the Denver 420 Rally, the world's largest celebration of both the legalization of cannabis and cannabis culture

Colorado is at the epicenter of the legal cannabis industry. | Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $242

You can purchase marijuana legally from any of Colorado’s 520 dispensaries for cheaper than most states across the country. This state also has a large number of facilities that distribute marijuana for medical use only.

Next: This was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

2. Washington

Alison Holcomb criminal justice director at the Washington state ACLU, buys marijuana at the Cannabis City retail marijuana store

Washington was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. | Elaine Thompson/AP/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $232

People in the state of Washington can legally purchase recreational marijuana from 105 dispensaries. State residents voted to legalize it for anyone 21 or older in 2012 — the first state to do so for recreational purposes.

Next: It doesn’t come cheap, but the price of marijuana in this state beats all the rest.

1. Oregon

Tourists on a four-wheel leisure vehicle pass the Coughie Pot marijuana dispensary

Oregon has the cheapest marijuana in the U.S. | Natalie Behring/Getty Images

  • Average cost per ounce: $210

Oregon distributes marijuana legally across the most locations of any other state for the lowest price. Since its legalization in 2016, the number of dispensaries has risen to over 560.

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