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July 24, 2012 1:00 PM   Subscribe

how much does marijuana cost these days? I haven't bought it since 1983 or so. I'm not planning on buying it now, I was just curious since I know the price has gone up a bit since then. I'd like to know how much it would cost, roughly, from a local dealer in the NYC area. Thanks.
posted by freakazoid to Work & Money (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
$60 for 1.8 - 2.6g (roughly $120 for an 1/8 oz). Prices vary depending on strain and potency.

Not that I have any experience with such things.
posted by slogger at 1:06 PM on July 24, 2012


I have no basis for reference in NYC, but $120 for 1/8oz. seems like a lot.

To compare in LA a $60 1/8oz. is top-shelf at the weed store.
posted by carsonb at 1:11 PM on July 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Data for the price of weed in: New York, United States

You can scan that list for New York City entries.
posted by andoatnp at 1:12 PM on July 24, 2012


$40 for 1/8th here. I'm in Canada.
posted by blueberrypicasso at 1:14 PM on July 24, 2012


Yeah, $120 is ridiculous. $40 in Portland will get you 1/8 of very good product. I've heard.
posted by Specklet at 1:15 PM on July 24, 2012


oppps. I meant $40 for 1/4th.
posted by blueberrypicasso at 1:16 PM on July 24, 2012


$40-50 for 1/8th in Seattle.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:16 PM on July 24, 2012


Brooklyn: $45 for 1/8 of decent, $20 for 1/8 of crap.
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns at 1:19 PM on July 24, 2012


60 for an eight is average for decent stuff in philly not that i'd know
posted by MangyCarface at 1:22 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


SoCal (street, not dispensary): 50 to 70 for 1/8, depending on quality.

A little birdie told me. Yeah, that's it.
posted by Val_E_Yum at 1:25 PM on July 24, 2012


for $60-$80 (depending on quality) you can get 1/8 of an ounce of very good quality delivered to your home or office in NYC.

i've heard.
posted by justjess at 1:35 PM on July 24, 2012


$120 for a 1/8th is insane. $40 in Portland, $60 in NYC for great stuff. In portland, you can usually get an oz for ~$200. So I'm told.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:36 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


$30-50/quarter in Florida
$60-110/quarter in Boston
posted by KogeLiz at 1:54 PM on July 24, 2012


What you need is this.
posted by stinker at 1:56 PM on July 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Dispensaries in Denver advertise their prices on their web sites. Google them up and look at their menus.
posted by Wordwoman at 2:05 PM on July 24, 2012


Not sure what quantity you are looking for but here are ranges in Michigan.
It really depends on a couple of factors. First quality of the product (is "medical" grade being basically grown very well, is it crushed or apprear smooshed, want to get really nerdy bring a loupe and check out the trichomes). Second can be genetics, is this just "some weed" or dos it have a pedigree. Third is how much are you getting can influence the price. Fourth is availabty, how much stuff is out there. The more ganja, the more sellers, the lower the price

Anyways here prices are generally for good stuff (sensimelia, not crushed)
1/8 - $35 - 60 (personally, I can't ever imagine paying above 45 in a pinch)
1/4 - $70 - 120
1/2 - $120-175
1 ounce - $200 - 500

I'd get into more info, but it is a public board.
posted by handbanana at 2:07 PM on July 24, 2012


By the way, my experience with dispenseres is that they tend to have much more of inflated price. They do have overhead, but I can tell you that they are making some damn good money.
posted by handbanana at 2:09 PM on July 24, 2012


My friend gets an eighth of good stuff (as in named strains) for like $70ish.

And a dub ($20 worth) is usually a bit more than a gram.
posted by ooklala at 3:09 PM on July 24, 2012


I forgot to add that I live in NYC...
posted by ooklala at 3:10 PM on July 24, 2012


Trans High Market Quotations
posted by Rob Rockets at 3:22 PM on July 24, 2012


NYC - Midhudson Valley
1/8th: $50 - 65 for decent to very good stuff
1/8th of regs (low quality): $25-40

$120 is a rip-off unless it's dusted in gold.
posted by OsoMeaty at 3:29 PM on July 24, 2012


Thanks all! This is great info.

Inflation sure seems to have done a job on the price of dope.
posted by freakazoid at 4:00 PM on July 24, 2012


I may have heard that $40 for an 1/8th back in the middle 90s in Oregon was fairly common. So, perhaps the price has stayed steady over years?
posted by amanda at 5:01 PM on July 24, 2012


So, pot is commonly sold by the gram? I assumed that tiny quantity was just a trick to overcharge junior high kids. Granted, my frame of reference is dated: the last time I paid for pot, the price was $30 for a lid (double the price of the first time I paid for pot) and "a gram" was the standard retail quantity for cocaine.

MeFis who know what a "lid" equals in terms of weight are welcome to join me for the "early bird special" at Old Country Buffet.
posted by she's not there at 5:03 PM on July 24, 2012 [5 favorites]


It's the other coast, but in case it's useful — the Harborside Health Center menu (with prices).
posted by Lexica at 5:39 PM on July 24, 2012


So, pot is commonly sold by the gram? I assumed that tiny quantity was just a trick to overcharge junior high kids. Granted, my frame of reference is dated: the last time I paid for pot, the price was $30 for a lid (double the price of the first time I paid for pot) and "a gram" was the standard retail quantity for cocaine.

IIRC, a 'lid' is what would fit in a small matchbox? By my estimation something like that would max out to about an 1/8oz, or somewhere between 2-3g. And the terminology puts you a decade or two ahead of me, so that price is about right, $30. It's about doubled again in the meantime.

I'm in for breakfast.
posted by carsonb at 7:13 PM on July 24, 2012


A lid: what fits on the top of a coffee can lid, like those old tin cans of ground coffee. Or so my old man told me; it's way before my time. Nobody even buys ground coffee in big tin drums nowadays do they?
posted by BinGregory at 7:33 PM on July 24, 2012


Heh, that's probably why it was a preferred measurement for so long—no standarization. Which actually probably helps to explain the shift to exact weights and measures too; as the price rose each little trichome becomes that much more valuable and so accountable. From coffee tin lid to matchbox lid to exact little gram nugs for the more recent kids.
posted by carsonb at 7:52 PM on July 24, 2012


Lid = 1 oz

Time/place - early-mid '70s in the mid-west. Based on limited experience, prices were higher in CO and CA (quality better, too).

And each new baggie had to be cleaned of seeds, bits of stem, etc - an almost zen-like ritual. The pot was placed in the center of a double album cover (opened into a very wide "V") and sort of "sifted" between a small piece of stiff paper/card stock and the sides of the jacket. I suspect that trace elements of 1970s-era pot could be detected on most vintage copies of Dark Side of the Moon.

I better stop going on about the old days—this is exactly the type of story that would elicit "cool story, bro" from my son.
posted by she's not there at 8:07 PM on July 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


BTW - 1 oz by weight, no approximations - the bag was clipped to a little scale and weighed on the spot. And, everybody had a scale.
posted by she's not there at 8:15 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I may have heard that $40 for an 1/8th back in the middle 90s in Oregon was fairly common. So, perhaps the price has stayed steady over years?

I can say for certain that the price in Portland hasn't changed in over ten years...
posted by Specklet at 9:24 PM on July 24, 2012


Yeah, I'm with the "price hasn't changed" crew -- the only time I was in a position to know the price of an eighth was in the early 1990s on the west coast, and it was $40 then. Kind of amazing that it hasn't changed in 20 years! I'd be curious to understand the market pressures that've kept the price from going up...
posted by feets at 11:04 PM on July 24, 2012


Tacit legalization in California has kept the price of marijuana stable. I've seen advertised prices at the dispensaries actually drop in some cases. $13 a gram for quality stuff. That's cheaper than 10 years ago.

A little birdie told me a decent chunk of the dope in NY originally comes from the same CA farms that supply the legal dispensaries. Can't say for sure, but maybe because of this CA and NY prices are pretty in line with each other, minus FedEx charges.
posted by joechip at 11:54 PM on July 24, 2012


I suspect that trace elements of 1970s-era pot could be detected on most vintage copies of Dark Side of the Moon.


Ah, yes. In the early 80's I bought a double album at a used record store. Got back to my apartment, opened it up and, well, whaddah ya know... Someone left me enough for a small joint.
posted by freakazoid at 8:50 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


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