WEED FEED / John Ross Ferrara / Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:34 a.m.

Weed Feed: A Gram of Bud Costs Less Than $5 in Oregon Thanks to Overproduction

Rampant marijuana overproduction has plunged Oregon’s weed prices to new lows.

The Willamette Week reports that a gram of weed now costs as little as $4 at some Oregon pot shops.

Due to the ongoing issue of federal marijuana prohibition, businesses can’t legally ship their pot out of state. So when a state like Oregon reportedly grows three times more weed than it consumes, prices can only go down.

“The business has been up and down and up and down,” a former Oregon pot shop owner who had to shut his doors four months ago told the Willamette Week . “But in a lot of ways it has just been down and down for dispensaries.”

Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers’ Association has estimated that California grows eight times more marijuana than it consumes. So unless growers are shipping excess weed out of state — which they almost certainly are — then California’s pot industry may soon bottom out like Oregon’s.

But there’s hope, as the federal government may be taking steps toward rescinding its ban on marijuana. Last week, President Trump promised to support congressional efforts to protect states’ rights to legalize marijuana. And on Friday, CNN reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to propose legislation decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.


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