California marijuana prices vary by city, strain, season and other variables. But overall you can expect to pay an average of around $15.50 a gram or $279 an ounce. That’s higher than you would have paid for a gram over the summer, but it’s less than you would have paid for an ounce.
Overall, marijuana prices in the state of California are up since the beginning of the year.
For example, in January, you could pick up a gram in Los Angeles for an average of just $10. Now it’ll cost you $4 more.
But remember, those are average amounts. Savvy shoppers can almost always find better deals.
You can use our cannabis price comparison tool to find the best marijuana prices in your area of the nation.
Here are the average California marijuana prices for Fall 2017:
Average marijuana prices in Los Angeles
You can pick up a gram of cannabis in Los Angeles for about $14, about the same as you would have paid over the summer. It’ll cost you about $262 on average for an ounce. But you can find dispensaries offering a gram for at least $4 less and an ounce for around $15 less. If you purchase an ounce per month, that’s a savings of around $200 per year.
Average marijuana rates in San Francisco
You can expect to pay an average of around $19 a gram in San Francisco. Expect to pay an average of $280 at dispensaries for an ounce. But look for dispensaries offering a gram for as low as $12 and an ounce for $160. If you purchase an ounce a month in San Fran, you can save somewhere around $1,400 or more per year simply by shopping around.
Average marijuana rates in San Diego
You can pick up a gram in San Diego for about $16. That’s around $2 more than you would have paid this past summer. For an ounce, expect to pay $326 in San Diego, or about $25 less than you would have paid at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, you can find some dispensaries offering a gram for as low as $10 a gram or $200 an ounce. Keep out for dispensaries offering weekly deals on strains as well. That means that comparison shopping can save you well over $1,500 a year, assuming you’re going through an ounce per month.
The top strains in California and their prices
Like in other states, it’s difficult to come across a patient or recreational user in California who wouldn’t name Blue Dream as one of their favorite strains. You can pick up this strain for as low as $10 in Los Angeles and for the same in San Francisco.
OG Kush — another favorite — goes for an average of around $15 in Los Angeles.
And Sour Diesel — another well-recognized strain — goes for an average of about $15 in Los Angeles.
Use our search tool to find the best deals on your favorite strain in your area:
The future of marijuana prices in California
Shopping around for the best marijuana prices will become even more important in California next year. That’s because when Prop 64 passes, making cannabis legal to consume, we’ll see a 15 percent excise tax on cannabis. And that’s in addition to local government taxes.
Check out this video from NBC Bay Area:
And while that may push you to think about buying marijuana on the black market, we encourage you not to take that route. Black market cannabis can contain pesticides and mites that are harmful to your health. You’re better off in the long-run shopping at a dispensary that lab tests its cannabis products for pesticides and other toxins.
Consuming the best strains
On the fence about how to consume your favorite strains? It seems like there’s a new consumption method on the market everyday. But for the safety and convenience they offer, we think vaporizers are the best way to go.
Check out our list of the best vaporizers under $250.