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The Cost of Weed in California Still Depends on Who You’re Buying It From

Legal weed hasn’t erased a black market.

As recreational pot became legal in California this week, locals lined up outside of dispensaries to get their hands on cute little mason jars filled with legal weed.

Anyone over 21 in the Golden State can now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and they also have the option of growing up to six plants at home. For those with less of a green thumb, the option to now buy recreational weed over the counter might be enticing.

How will consumers fare now that weed is going above ground? Well, it depends on who you’re buying it from. Despite marijuana’s mainstreaming, an underground market for pot lives on — and it’s a lot cheaper.

Tawnie Logan, the chairwoman of the board of the California Growers Association, told The New York Times in September that the black market price for an eighth of an ounce is around $20.

When it comes to dispensary weed, GreenState, a digital publication devoted to cannabis culture, paints a pricier picture. They say that the price of weed will depend a lot on what stores decide is a healthy increase to contend with California’s new marijuana taxation laws, but that on average, consumers are looking at a price hike of around eight dollars. Based on a number of California stores they investigated, the cost for an eighth will now range from around $50 to $65.

The rising cost in taxed legal bud could actually boost the black market, according to the global credit ratings firm Fitch Rating, who released a report in October:

High tax rates raise prices in legal markets, reinforcing the price advantage of black markets. California’s black markets for cannabis were well established long before its voters legalized cannabis in November 2016 and are expected to dominate post-legalization production.

Legal weed hasn’t erased a black market.

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