The east coast and the West Coast both have rich and distinct cannabis cultures. Over the past several decades, various potent and expertly bred strains from both regions have earned recognition nationwide. But, when it comes to East Coast vs. West Coast, who has the better weed? Here’s how east coast and West Coast cannabis compare:
When it comes to cannabis laws, the West Coast wins hands down. The three most western states, Oregon, Washington, and California all now have some of the most progressive cannabis policies in the country.
Though California has only legalized recreational cannabis just recently, the state has long been a national leader in cannabis cultivation.
California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The newly legalized cannabis industry is valued $7 billion, and the state’s black and medical cannabis markets have already spurred the development of award-winning cannabis strains and new technologies.
This semi-supportive legal environment coupled with the perfect growing climate has allowed Californian growers to produce some amazing buds, most of which come from a northern Californian region known as the Emerald Triangle, where entire town economies depend on cannabis cultivation.
While Holland brought the Hazes, Cali brought the Kushes. Some key California strains include:
In terms of contemporary hybrids, California isn’t the only West Coast state with some seriously good bud. The pacific northwest has released strains like Middlefork, Blue Magoo, and Marionberry Kush. Colorado, though not exactly on the coast, has introduced some excellent strains into circulation, including Charlotte’s Web and Golden Goat.
Unfortunately, cannabis policy in the east coast has steadily lagged behind the west As a result, many east coast growers and breeders are still forced to stay underground, stifling innovation. However, cannabis laws all over the east coast are more relaxed now than ever before.
Two states, Maine and Massachusetts, have recently legalized recreational cannabis. Key states like New York, Pensylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, and Connecticut all have some form of medical cannabis program, though some are more limited than others.
Though the West Coast may have gotten a major jumpstart on the cannabis industry, the east coast has a substantial cultivation history which is sure to blossom as opportunities present themselves.
While many originated in seed swapping projects between east coast and West Coast growers, there are some great strains that originated on the Atlantic side of the country. These include:
For the time being, the West Coast has the East Coast beat in terms of the cannabis game. But, that’s more due to the legal environments in the two regions, not due to the overall skill and craftsmanship of growers.
There is no doubt that there are extremely talented cultivators and canna-entrepreneurs on both sides of the nation. However, the two regions won’t be able to truly compete until cannabis reform opens up markets around the country.