Too much weed is never a bad thing, right? Unfortunately for many in Washington, a surplus of product is creating issues galore. There are a variety of problems contributing to what’s going on, from prices to regulations, and people aren’t really sure what to do. Here’s more about the weed woes in Washington.
A Booming Harvest
Growers in Washington just had the largest harvest of their lives in October of 2017, with 60% more weed available than in 2016. Sounds like a dream come true, right? The problem is more complicated than that because, despite a ton of weed consumers in the state, there aren’t enough shops.
Strict regulations in the Pacific NW make it difficult for dispensaries to operate. Instead of fighting the legal red tape, they open up shop in places that are more relaxed. While this can be great if you live in particular cities where dispensaries are concentrated, it forces others to drive a long way.
Washington has less than 400 stores to supply its 7.2 million residents. When you do the math, that’s definitely not enough. Now add to those stores an increased amount of weed and you have a big problem.
Prices Fall Dramatically
To deal with the issue, shops are cutting prices in a major way. At the beginning of 2017, a gram of weed was over $6. Dispensaries could make a living and growers were happy. Consumers probably wanted lower costs but were happy to have access to legal pot.
Now, because of the overabundance of product, the cost of one gram has gone down – a lot. How much exactly? You can buy one gram of flower in Washington for one dollar. No, that’s not a typo – one dollar per gram. Residents are rejoicing, as they are saving about 85% every time they visit a shop.
Here’s the rub – this price drop isn’t sustainable. Customers get a great deal and dispensaries can offload their surplus product, but the people getting the shaft here are the growers. Nearly 1,200 farms in Washington state are licensed to sell to dispensaries. With retail costs moving so low, growers are barely making a profit off of this harvest.
How This Affects You
Those of you who live in Washington might be calling BS right now, stating you can’t find weed anywhere for one dollar a gram. While that price might be hard to come by, it’s not impossible to score such a deal. But it leads to a bigger question that’s certainly relevant – is $1 weed actually good?
The worth of one’s weed is always judged by the price. Dispensaries often separate strains by price point, with top shelf weed nearing $20 in some cases. When you factor in other prices, do you really want to smoke the $1 stuff? While shops are happy to sell you their surplus, don’t expect a quality high or a robust flavor profile.
Hopefully, as 2018 moves along, growers will have a better handle on how much they produce and local legislation will make it easier for shops to operate. As long as weed stays legal in Washington, there’s really not much to complain about.