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.
- Average cost per ounce: $352
Next: This state went through a different process than most to legalize recreational marijuana.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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