A worker tends to cannabis plants at a farm in Chonburi province, eastern Thailand on June 5, 2022. Marijuana cultivation and possession in Thailand was decriminalized as of Thursday, June 9, 2022, like a dream come true for an aging generation of pot smokers who recall the kick the legendary Thai Stick variety delivered. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A study conducted by marijuana technology company Seedo has identified the cities worldwide with the highest marijuana consumption and where weed is the most affordable.
Ranking first in the United States for marijuana consumption is New York City, with an impressive 77.44 metric tons consumed annually.
Titled the “2018 Cannabis Price Index,” Seedo’s study examines factors such as marijuana’s legal status, potential tax revenue if taxed like cigarettes, and potential tax revenue if taxed at the average rate for U.S. marijuana taxes in legal states like Washington. The study encompasses 120 international cities.
As expected, the most affordable weed worldwide is found in countries with legal or relaxed marijuana laws. The top spot for the cheapest weed belongs to the mountainous city of Quito, Ecuador, where marijuana consumption is legal, and citizens can possess up to 10 grams. In Quito, residents can purchase marijuana for as little as $1.34 USD per gram. Bogotá, Colombia comes in second place, with a price of $2.20 per gram, which isn’t surprising considering the decriminalization of marijuana cultivation and personal consumption in the country.
In stark contrast, Singapore, where marijuana possession can result in the death penalty, consumes only 0.02 metric tons of marijuana annually. Tokyo ranks as the most expensive city to buy weed, with a staggering price of $32.66 per gram. The list contains many other cities with varying prices and legal statuses.
Embark on a journey to find the most affordable cannabis across the globe. From South America’s stunning landscapes to Asia’s bustling streets, let’s dive into the top five cheapest weed hotspots and the most expensive cities to light up.
The most affordable weed in the U.S. can currently be found in Portland, with grams priced as low as $4 or $5. Oregon has faced a massive surplus issue since legalizing recreational weed in 2014. As of April 2018, the state had over 1 million pounds of unsold flower. Seattle experiences a similar surplus problem, with grams priced at $7.58. Denver comes in just behind Seattle at $7.79 per gram, and Los Angeles at $8.14. Thankfully, all of these incredible cities have legalized recreational weed for adults aged 21 and up.
According to an analysis by WikiLeaf, which tracks dispensary prices across the country, the West Coast has 22.5 percent cheaper weed than the East Coast. The average price of an eighth on the West Coast is $36—$10 cheaper than the East Coast, where an eighth costs an average of around $46.
This price difference is consistent across all measurements, from a gram to an ounce. The largest gap is a 25 percent price difference in the average gram, which costs $16 on the East Coast and $10 on the West Coast.
WikiLeaf’s city-by-city analysis helps identify the cheapest weed within each region, although the quality of the flower cannot be determined. Portland, Oregon has the cheapest eighth at just $30, while Baltimore, Maryland has the highest-priced eighth at $53.70.
It’s important to note that not all the states and cities analyzed have fully legalized adult-use cannabis, which WikiLeaf cites as one possible reason for the price difference. Local tax differences and varying costs of living also contribute to the price disparity. For instance, legal weed in San Francisco is more expensive than in San Diego due to differences in local tax rates and a higher cost of living in the Bay Area.
Another factor contributing to the price difference between the West and East Coasts is the federal illegality of cannabis, which prohibits states from exporting their products out of state. In some cases, like Oregon and Washington, the price of cannabis has dropped dramatically—down to $4 a gram in some dispensaries—because growers in these states have produced more cannabis than the state can consume.
Pack your bags and embark on a global cannabis adventure! Discover the cheapest weed destinations and experience each city’s unique charm, but remember always to respect local laws and stay safe.