Overall you can expect to pay an average of around $15 a gram or $296 an ounce in California. That’s slightly higher than what you would have paid at this time last year, when the average for a gram was $14 and the average for an ounce was $301.
Since recreational cannabis became legal on January 1, 2018, cannabis prices have inched up in California. That’s largely because there’s now a 15% excise tax on recreational marijuana. And that doesn’t include local government taxes.
What else could be driving retail cannabis prices higher? There are simply too few dispensaries in the state right now. The licensing process for shops has been slow, and several large areas of California have closed themselves off to cannabis dispensaries.
“It’s a circus. Legalization is not going well,” Allen told Leafly in a recent interview, ticking off his reasons why. “There are way too few retailers in the state. The regulated market has actually contracted, while, at the same time, regulated supply has expanded.”
Fortunately, history is often a solid predictor of where prices will go. And chances are, if California turns out like other states that have legalized cannabis, consumers will only have to ride out these higher prices for the next six months to a year.
Remember that recreational is going to cost you significantly more than medical right now. It pays to have a medical card.
But keep in mind that these are average California marijuana prices. 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 June 2018:
Average marijuana prices in Los Angeles
It’ll cost you an average of $13 per gram in Los Angeles overall, or $240 per ounce.
For strictly adult-use (recreational), you’re going to spend more like $16 per gram, and your options are limited.
Check out our post on the best recreational dispensaries in Los Angeles.
Here are the recreational dispensaries in Los Angeles: