Despite abounding disc golf courses and a formidable bluegrass scene, it's a little harder to be a stoner in Minnesota. At least financially.
In the Land of 10,000 Eighths, pot smokers have less pizza money left over after buying an ounce of weed than their bowl-packing peers in many other states.
According to Forbes Magazine and the ( Washington Post), an ounce of the sticky icky sets Minnesotans back $17 more than the national average.
Using data compiled from crowd-sourced website Priceofweed.com, where users can post the going rate of ganja in their area, the magazine found Minnesotans cough up an average of $341 for an ounce of "high quality" marijuana. While that's almost a White Castle Crave Case more than the $324 national average, Minnesota ranks in the middle of the pack of states with the most expensive weed, tied with New York for No. 22.
Local stoners and sellers we consulted on condition of anonymity say the price per ounce of decent weed ranges from $300-$350, depending on quality and dealer discretion. "$350 is what dank nuggets cost," says one man, using weed-speak for the good stuff.
North Dakota is officially the worst place to buy a zip. Its $387 per ounce average is the, um, highest in the nation, followed by Vermont, Virginia and Iowa.
As Forbes points out, states that have legalized or decriminalized recreational marijuana -- such as Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska -- have some of the lowest prices. In states with above-board dispensaries, the data includes both black market and dispensary prices. One Oakland dispensary's online menu lists ounces from $240-$380.
Not surprisingly the West Coast, where much marijuana is grown, has the cheapest prices. Oregon ($204), Washington ($232) and California ($242) are the lowest, followed by jam rock mecca Colorado ($243).
The good news for Minnesota is that prices have stayed fairly consistent over the last decade, say longtime enthusiasts.
"Weed hasn't really undergone inflation," one thirtysomething says. "It's the only thing in my lifetime that's been inflation free."
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Federal Reserve.
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