Marijuana is a relatively commonly used substance in the United States. According to federal government estimates, 22.2 million Americans have used it in the past month and many start using it in their adolescent years.
Furthermore, many states have legalized the use of the substance at some level over the past few years. Some, such as New Mexico and New York, have it legalized only for medical use, while others, such as California and Vermont, have enacted laws permitting recreational use by state citizens.
Here is a closer look at how the cost varies across U.S. states.
The average price of high quality marijuana (one ounce).
Interestingly, the District of Columbia is the most expensive by a significant margin. The three with the highest average price are District of Columbia ($597.88), North Dakota ($383.60), and Virginia ($364.89). These are places where marijuana use is somewhat restricted: In D.C. it is illegal to purchase, in North Dakota it’s only legal for medical use, and in Virginia it’s not legal at any level. The three least expensive states for marijuana, however, are all in the West region and all allow for legal recreational use: Oregon ($210.75), Washington ($232.90), and Colorado ($241.74). The national average is $326.06.
Medium quality marijuana (one ounce).
The District is still the most expensive place, but the next two states are not the same as the order for high quality marijuana: District of Columbia ($550.66), South Dakota ($335.26), and Minnesota ($330.52). The places with the cheapest prices are Mississippi ($170.22), Oregon ($187.09), and Washington ($196.82). The national average is $265.58.
One Joint (High Quality)
A recent U.S. HHS study estimates one to be 0.66 grams, so this calculation is based off of that figure. The three most expensive states for high quality marijuana are District of Columbia ($13.92), North Dakota ($8.93), and Virginia ($8.49), while the three cheapest are Oregon ($4.91), Washington ($5.42), and Colorado ($5.63). The national average is $7.59.
One Joint (Medium Quality)
Again, Washington, D.C. ranks as the most expensive ($12.82), followed by South Dakota ($7.81) and Minnesota ($7.69). The three least expensive are Mississippi ($3.96), Oregon ($4.36), and Washington ($4.58), and the national average is $6.18.