I can be really naive and idealistic sometimes. Like the time I made my very first legal cannabis purchase in NJ back in 2012 and convinced myself that it was a whole new ballgame. Maybe it was a new ballgame for anyone on the business side. But looking back not much changed for those of us who still mostly rely on the black market to acquire our medicine.
There are many reasons why patients and consumers like myself still choose black market weed.
Below are several reasons I don’t shop at dispensaries. And also one very important reason why I do.
I can’t afford NJ dispensary weed. It’s that basic.
An ounce of best-quality medical cannabis at a NJ dispensary will set you back between $400-$500. I wish I could recall the name of the strain that was selling for $530/ounce in Egg Harbor Township. That’s still the highest I’ve seen.
And it’s off-the-charts expensive, prohibitively so for most of us.
For comparison, my black market connection undercuts that price by half. And it’s usually better quality because my black market cannabis is generally not “tumbled” before I consume it.
So what does “tumbled” mean?
Most (if not all) medical cannabis from NJ dispensaries has been tumbled in something like a clothes dryer before it’s bagged up and sold to patients. The tumbling process removes some of the best bits of the buds which dispensaries use to make their oils and vape cartridges (which they sell separately and at a markup.)
Dispensaries are actually selling cannabis that’s been stripped of its most therapeutic compounds and most consumers don’t even know it.
You know who doesn’t tumble his weed? My blackmarket legacy dealer.
Who’s also a farmer.
A TAXING CHOICE
Sales tax levied on medical marijuana purchases is slowly