One of the best things about the Canadian government legalizing marijuana is all these stuffy politicians feeling the need to pretend they’re cool with pot while actually knowing nothing about it. The latest instance of that came yesterday when Statistics Canada released its research on how much Canadians pay on average for one gram of weed. The results were… interesting.
On January 25, StatsCan turned to the online community to ask what Canadians pay for their weed so that the government can be competitive with the black market. According to the survey of 15,000 anonymous Canadians, people pay an average of less than $7 for a gram of weed. Respondents in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut apparently pay the most at $11.89 and $10.24 respectively and Quebec pays the least at $5.89. Ontario, B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. all pay between $6.97 and $7.47 on average.
To a lot of Canadians, those numbers might seem a little optimistic. Many pointed out that they have never paid so little for marijuana, begging the question: did Canada collectively low-ball the government to get cheaper weed? It certainly seems like a possibility.
— Nicole Marych (@NicoleMarych) February 8, 2018
That’s absolutely not true. Street stuff is 10 a gram and dispensaries charge more due to quality. Where the heck is statcan getting these numbers
— Mari (@x__MaryAlex) February 8, 2018
Dispensary or not, it ain’t 7; they’re smoking something.
— Christian (@ManWithIssues_) February 9, 2018
— Stefan Sorrenti (@sssorrenti) February 9, 2018
umm i dont think so hunni
— Hales (@haleyoliviaa) February 8, 2018
While some people were enjoying making fun of the government being super lame, others were playing the long game and telling people to shut up. If the feds want to think that they should price weed at $7 a gram, let them think that. Don’t correct them and inform them that they should charge us more. There’s taxes on top of that, remember?
I don’t understand why so many Canadians are disagreeing with this.
If you buy a $100 pair of jeans and the sales clerk charges you $75, do you blurt out “oh no. Those are $100”? Cause I sure as hell don’t.
So I’m appealing to all fellow Canucks —- shhhhhhhhhhhhhh
— Boo Radley (@LyricsOfSongs4U) February 9, 2018
Lol my friend sent me this exact survey and I said I pay 5$ for an ounce of AAAA😂😂looks like my efforts paid off
— Don of the Te™ (@dantezucc) February 9, 2018
low balling the street price so the general public isn’t surprised when its $10/$12 a gram + 30% tax…
— Alex Lucyk (@alexlucykk) February 9, 2018
At least it looks like legalization is still on track for this summer. So whatever it costs, marijuana will be legal in a few months. Now it’s up to the government to figure out how to actually get it to us.