Legalized cannabis is spreading its way across the nation, and whether you’re new to smoking, you’re returning to it after several years of abstinence, or you’re used to black market purchases and you’re interested in checking out a legal dispensary, you might be wondering – how much does weed cost?
The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on where you happen to live. But for all practical purposes, we can give you a general idea.
How Much Does Weed Cost?
Let’s break down into separate quantities, and list out how much you can expect to pay for each:
A single pre-rolled joint or blunt
The cost of a pre-roll depends on the quantity and quality of the bud going in it, but for a joint, you can usually expect to pay between $3 and $7, or maybe $10 to $15 for really high-end stuff. Blunt are significantly larger, so they tend to start out at around $25 and can run up to $50 or even more.
Generally, the smallest amount you can buy loose, a gram will cost anywhere from $8 to $20.
2 Grams, aka a “Twenty”
Experienced stoners will call 2 grams a “twenty” out of habit due to old black market prices, but that number no longer has much meaning. 2 grams will run you between $16 and $40.
3.5 Grams, aka an “Eighth”
While it was named during the black market days, and eighth is still an eighth because it’s just that – 1/8th of an ounce. Traditionally, these were also called “forties” as they usually cost $40, but these days they can cost as low as $35 and as much as $60.
7 Grams, aka a “Quarter”
A quarter of an ounce brings us into bulk price territory, and can range anywhere from $60 to $150, depending on quality.
14 Grams, aka a “Half”
At a half ounce, the bulk prices can really start getting cheap. They can range anywhere from $90 to $200, but they usually clock in at around $130.
28 Grams, an Ounce
Ounces are essentially the base measurement for weed. Everything is broken down from that amount. They tend to be around $230 to $240, though they can dip as low as $200 and shoot upwards of $300.
For the longest time, marijuana was an under-the-table commodity. It was talked about in hushed tones and exchanged discreetly so as to avoid detection.
During those dark days, weed prices were largely dependent on the whims of the person doing the selling. There was no online infographic explaining what weed costs. You just paid what “your guy” asked because you didn’t know where else to go.
Thankfully, those days are gone forever and the market has completely changed. Not too far in the future, we’re likely to see a major company that grows or sells marijuana traded on the stock market.
Ganja is now discussed openly by everyone from big-name financiers to the average joe on the internet. In some states, you can even walk into a corner store and purchase a bit of wacky tabacky for the weekend…legally.
That’s all well and good, but the age-old question still remains: How do you know if you’re paying too much for a date with Mary Jane? Don’t fret! The experts at Honest Marijuana are here to help. We’ve done the research and gathered all the information in one place so you don’t have to spend hours looking for the best deal.
In this article, we’ll compare weed prices across the country so you know what the going rate is in your area. We’ll also give you some insight into what affects the price of weed in your state and around the country.
To help you find the information you’re looking for, we’ve categorized the pricing based on the most common quantities of cannabis: gram, eighth, quarter, half, ounce. These are the divisions used by dispensaries from Maine to Florida and Massachusetts to California. All you have to do is walk in and say, “Give me a gram please,” and you’ll be on your way to flying in your very own Blue Dream.
Price Per Quantity
In the sections below, we’ll give you an average price for all the states where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal.
Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia (a.k.a. Washington D.C., which isn’t technically a state) have passed laws legalizing or decriminalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana.
Those states include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
- West Virginia
Prices in states where medical or recreational marijuana isn’t legal could vary considerably from this list. Also, keep in mind that the prices listed here are for medium-quality weed. High-quality weed will cost more while low-quality weed will cost less.
These are also just averages. Smaller quantities will likely cost more than larger quantities. It’s also important to remember that a lot goes into pricing marijuana for sale. We’ll delve into this toward the end of the article. But for now, remember that actual prices in your state may vary.
For example, if the price listed here for a gram of weed is $10 or $11, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that your local dispensary might charge $15. But when prices start approaching $20 or more for that same gram of ganja, you have some inkling that it isn’t a good deal.
That said, use this guide as a frame of reference, not as the bottom line, this-is-what-I’m-going-to-pay-or-else number. OK? Let’s get started!
Gram: Price Per Gram Of Weed
The gram is the base unit for measuring marijuana. Technically speaking, it’s a metric unit of mass equal to one-thousandth of a kilogram. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, someone decided to measure weed in larger quantities based on the ounce.
The ounce is a unit of weight roughly equal to one-sixteenth of a pound. So when you’re measuring cannabis, you’re mixing metric and Imperial units. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way of the marijuana world, so get used to it. But back to the gram…
As you’ll see as we go along, the various ounce measurements are based on grams, so it’s useful to know the price for this small quantity.
A great visual reference for a gram is the bottle cap. The size of one bottle cap is roughly equivalent to one gram of marijuana. We say “roughly” because the density of the bud can vary. Because of this variation, the size of one gram can change. But for comparison purposes, the bottle cap makes a good frame of reference.
Another great way to gauge these common quantities is by how many joints they yield. This is by no means an exact science, but your average joint weighs in at 0.7 grams of marijuana. Basically, then, a gram gives you 1.5 joints. Again, this a very rough estimate.
As to the prices below, these are based on the average price for an ounce of medium-quality weed. Actual prices in your area may range from $9-$15 a gram.