Where to buy the cheapest weed in America

Cannabis / Legalization

The highest quality bud in this state is less expensive than schwag in other areas of the country.

Rob Hoffman
Dec 5, 2017
Man at dispensary

Just like housing and food costs, the price and quality of marijuana is a legitimate consideration for any weed smoker looking to relocate to a different state. And if you’re looking for the state in which to buy the cheapest weed, your best bet is (drumroll please) Oregon. (As if you needed another reason to move to the wild-wild-west.)

Oregon is the state where you can buy the cheapest weed in America.

In fact, Oregon’s highest quality bud is cheaper than New Jersey, Iowa and Minnesota’s (among others) lowest quality bud, ounce for ounce. In Oregon, a dank ounce will cost you around $210.00. In comparison, the same amount of New Jersey schwag will run you almost $300.00. Oregon weed is also nearly three times less expensive than some East Coast states—most notably Washington D.C., where an ounce of high-quality bud can cost up to $603.53.

If you want to buy the cheapest weed possible but the quality is a concern, Oregon’s best bud is cheaper than New Jersey’s worst.

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Two men smell marijuana buds at Farma, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon, on October 4, 2015. As of October 1, 2015 a limited amount of recreational marijuana became legal for all adults over the age of 21 to purchase in the state of Oregon. (Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

These revelations come from crowdsourced data collected by priceofweed.com, a website which describes itself as a “global price index for marijuana.” (It’s basically a user’s guide to where to buy the cheapest weed.)

If you look at the website’s map you’ll find that, generally, the price of weed gets lower the further west you go. Of course, there are a few notable exceptions like Florida (the average ounce costs $220.00) which ranks similar to some western states like Idaho (the average ounce costs about $245.00).

If you want to buy the cheapest weed possible and quality isn’t a concern, stick to the southern states.

Interestingly, if you’re looking to buy the cheapest weed possible and quality isn’t a concern, for the most part, you can find low-quality bud for a better price in the southern states than the west coast. Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama all have cheaper low-quality marijuana than Oregon, according to priceofweed.com. In Louisiana, you can get an ounce for as low as $130, but it might look kinda stale. Generally speaking, however, you won’t be able to buy bud at a dispensary in the South, because it’s not legal in most of the region yet. 

Why Oregon is the state where you can buy the cheapest weed in America.

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(Photo by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images).

There are a few different reasons why Oregon is the state where you can buy the cheapest weed. For one, Oregon was an early adopter of medical and recreational marijuana legalization. (Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational marijuana in 2014.) This gave Oregon a few year head start on other western states like California, which only legalized recreational marijuana in late 2016. Oregon is also home to a high number of marijuana growers, especially in comparison to its population. There are only about four million people living in Oregon compared to Washington’s seven million and California’s nearly 40 million.

The main reason why you can buy the cheapest weed in Oregon: taxes.

The main reason why you can buy the cheapest weed in Oregon, according to Willamette Week’s interview with Beau Whitney, an economist at BDS Analytics, is their tax structure. In Oregon, the tax rate for weed is only about 17 percent, which is less than half of Washington’s 37 percent and significantly less than Colorado’s 27.9 percent tax.

However, according to Willamette Week, other states have the potential to steal Oregon’s cheap-weed title, with proposed 15 percent tax rates in Nevada and California, and 10 percent in Maine and Massachusetts. Still, there are other factors at play besides just tax rates (like the grower-to-smoker ratio), and for the most part, Oregon residents can expect to remain among the cheapest states for marijuana, if not the cheapest.

And if you’re looking to get even cheaper than Oregon? For now, you’ll have to move to Canada: according to priceofweed.com, the average price of a high-quality ounce of weed in the province of British Columbia is $192.89.

Rob Hoffman
Dec 5, 2017