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How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost?

 
low costBuds: $5-$20 Per Gramaverage costEdible Products: $2-$5 Per Dosehigh costTinctures: $15-$20 Per Bottle
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At least 18 states and the District of Columbia[1] have enacted legislation that allow for access to medical marijuana, either through home cultivation or through dispensaries, as of August 2012. Medical marijuana is sold in a variety of forms and can be smoked, vaporized, eaten or used in drinks.

Typical costs:

  • The cost of marijuana buds can vary based on quality and the location of the purchase. Typically, a gram of buds can cost $5-$20; an eighth (3.5 grams) costs $20-$60; and an ounce can cost $200-$400.
  • Medical marijuana can be sold in concentrated forms[2] including hash products, oils and waxes made with higher levels of THC. Concentrates are typically more potent than buds. Concentrates are typically sold in half-gram and gram quantities and generally cost $20-$60 per gram.
  • Edible marijuana products can help patients who cannot or prefer not to smoke. Edible products are not restricted to brownies and other baked goods. Pizzas, burritos, and even ice cream recipes can be made with medical marijuana-laced ingredients. Prices for edible products usually are based on dosages, which should be labeled on the package. Expect to pay about $2-$5 per dose for edible medical marijuana items.
  • Tinctures[3] -- concentrated liquid medical marijuana -- are typically sold in one-ounce bottles, capped with a dropper. Tinctures are often used in cooking and benefit patients who prefer to not smoke. Tinctures can also be mixed with alcoholic beverages. Tincture bottles sell for $15-$50, depending on strength.
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What should be included:
  • For marijuana buds, expect a dispensary budtender to weigh out a purchase before placing it into a to-go container. Concentrates, tinctures and edibles are generally prepackaged.
Additional costs:
  • A medical marijuana recommendation (it is not a prescription) is required to visit a dispensary. The cost of a recommendation varies by state and municipality, but generally cost $80-$200 for new patients. Annual renewals are required and typically are less expensive than the original recommendation.
  • Smoking paraphernalia is varied. Rolling papers can cost as little as $2, glass pipes start at about $20 and a water pipe can run from $50-$300. Vaporizers can cost $100-$700.
Discounts:
  • Purchasing larger quantities of marijuana products typically reduces the cost per unit.
  • First-time patients may receive complimentary products at many dispensaries.
  • Websites such as Weedmaps[4] and THCfinder.com often display coupons and discounts for local dispensaries.
Shopping for medical marijuana:
  • Weedmaps[5] and THCfinder.com also provide information on locations and menus of legal dispensaries across the country.
  • Medical marijuana labs such as SC Laboratories and CannLabs[6] provide detailed information about the potency of specific strains as well as screening for microbiological and pesticide contaminants.
  • Medical-marijuana dispensaries don't always accept credit cards, although many do. For example, American Express[7] does not allow medical marijuana purchases.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/state-medical-marijuana-laws.aspx
  2.  www.newgenerationwellness.com/the-law/17-medical-marijuana-basics-knoledge/38-what-are-...
  3.  www.evaluationtoday.com/news_medicating_with_marijuana.html#tinctures
  4.  //legalmarijuanadispensary.com/
  5.  //legalmarijuanadispensary.com/
  6.  www.cannlabs.com/services.html
  7.  www.businessinsider.com/american-express-nixes-purchase-of-medical-marijuana-2011-5#ixz...
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