Marijuana

13 States With the Best Pot Prices and Why Colorado Isn't Number 1


Most people assume that Colorado has the best pot prices of any state in the union thanks to the volume of legal limited recreational sales here.

But most people would be wrong — as of this week, anyhow. And the ranking could change at any moment.

Example: Earlier this month, Forbes ranked all fifty states by the cost of marijuana, using data from the crowd-sourced website PriceOfWeed.com — and Colorado placed fourth.

When we checked PriceOfWeed.com around noon yesterday, however, Colorado had moved up.

How much? Check out the numbers below for all thirteen states that earned a green dollar sign on the site's map — meaning they represented the best deals. We've listed them using the "higher quality" price and added photo-illustrations from our People of the Cannabis Cup 2015 slide show.

As you'll see, Colorado and Washington, the two states that have legalized limited recreational marijuana sales, are near the top. But a state where recreational marijuana sales structure is still more than a month from launch tops the chart — by a lot.

Count down all thirteen states below.

Number 13: Florida
High Quality: $297.04 / oz. (n=10786)
Medium Quality: $215.82 / oz. (n=9693)
Low Quality: $154.76 / oz. (n=782)

Number 12: Arizona
High Quality: $296.76 / oz. (n=2988)
Medium Quality: $208.32 / oz. (n=2868)
Low Quality: $180.64 / oz. (n=344)

Number 11: Alaska
High Quality: $292.88 / oz. (n=403)
Medium Quality: $264.61 / oz. (n=573)
Low Quality: $422.6 / oz. (n=41)

Number 10: Utah
High Quality: $284.91 / oz. (n=1076)
Medium Quality: $233.29 / oz. (n=1229)
Low Quality: $213.11 / oz. (n=71)

Number 9: New Mexico
High Quality: $282.77 / oz. (n=904)
Medium Quality: $217.46 / oz. (n=775)
Low Quality: $148.2 / oz. (n=73)

Number 8: Michigan
High Quality: $282.45 / oz. (n=4477)
Medium Quality: $263.17 / oz. (n=4310)
Low Quality: $222.09 / oz. (n=329)

Number 7: Idaho
High Quality: $273.11 / oz. (n=508)
Medium Quality: $241.6 / oz. (n=797)
Low Quality: $182.75 / oz. (n=42)

Number 6: Nevada
High Quality: $266.03 / oz. (n=1431)
Medium Quality: $224.06 / oz. (n=1650)
Low Quality: $227.29 / oz. (n=89)

Number 5: Montana
High Quality: $264.67 / oz. (n=785)
Medium Quality: $238.3 / oz. (n=446)
Low Quality: $522.85 / oz. (n=36)

Number 4: California
High Quality: $241.88 / oz. (n=18462)
Medium Quality: $187.87 / oz. (n=22007)
Low Quality: $180.24 / oz. (n=1231)

Number 3: Colorado
High Quality: $241.17 / oz. (n=3595)
Medium Quality: $194.85 / oz. (n=3422)
Low Quality: $214.26 / oz. (n=215)

Number 2: Washington
High Quality: $231.52 / oz. (n=3772)
Medium Quality: $187.19 / oz. (n=4141)
Low Quality: $168.24 / oz. (n=183)

Number 1: Oregon
High Quality: $202.14 / oz. (n=2528)
Medium Quality: $178.16 / oz. (n=2400)
Low Quality: $171.69 / oz. (n=113)
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