Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada, but it’s still far from being a happily-ever-after story for Canadians. The country’s legal cannabis market will remain a work in progress as there is no successful framework to follow.
So, two days in and let’s see how much people have to pay for cannabis so far.
The pricing and distribution of cannabis products have been left up to the provinces. That means there is no standard or uniform pricing matrix for retail stores across the country to refer to.
The Star gives us a quick look at how much Canadians have to pay for pot in different provinces.
In Ontario, cannabis is sold through the Ontario Cannabis Store, and a customer can only order up to 30 grams at one time — which is also the maximum allowed amount under federal law. The cheapest gram of dried cannabis flower costs C$7.50. Prices per gram go up to C$13.25. The lowest price for half a gram of pre-rolled joint is C$10.35.
The OCS also sells oils, sprays, rolling papers, vaporizers, and other cannabis accessories and goodies.
The cheapest dried flower available on the province’s website is C$9.24 per gram. Meanwhile, a half-gram pre-rolled joint costs C$6.64.
Under Alberta’s cannabis law, retailers will have to buy their cannabis through the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, which will offer it for C$8.90 per gram on average.
According to The Star, Alberta’s website crashed at the stroke of midnight on the 17th for several minutes before users were sorted into a queue of thousands. Multiple products have already run out of stock a few hours after opening.
Dried cannabis flower prices start at C$6.99 per gram. B.C.’s online store carries a huge variety of products — in fact, more than any other store right now. Meanwhile, the cheapest half-gram pre-rolled joints are sold for C$4.20.
B.C. went all-out on accessories, with a wide selection of rollies, grinders, filters, pipes, vapes, bongs, humidity regulators, etc.
Cannabis products in New Brunswick are sold via the Cannabis NB shop. The price for dried flower ranges from C$8.99 per gram online to C$15.50. Meanwhile, pre-rolled half-gram joints are priced at C$7.50 each.
Customers can also get accessories from the Cannabis NB shop, such as vaporizers and pipes.
In Prince Edward Island, the cheapest dried flower sells for C$7.83 per gram while a pre-rolled half-gram joint costs C$5.65 each. Customers can get them from the government-run cannabis website.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has categorized cannabis products into three, based on their quality levels. Prices of “value” products range from C$6.33 to C$8.49. Meanwhile, “core” products are priced C$9.00 to C$10.98. “Premium” starts at C$10.99.
The provincial government has stated earlier that price per gram will start at just over C$5.
Cannabis can be purchased via the government-run cannabis website. The cheapest dried flower is C$5.87 per gram, although it is not yet available for purchase. So far, the cheapest one available is C$7.71 per gram, if you get 3.5 grams at once.
According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, prices will range from C$6 to C$13 per gram.
In Manitoba, six retailers have been granted a license to sell. Delta 9 is the only online non-medical store so far. It sells dried flower at C$12 per gram.
The province is selling cannabis through its liquor branch. It lists five dried flowers and all three of the cheapest individual grams are still “coming soon” (as of The Star’s writing.) So, the least expensive weed right now is C$17.50.
Others still to open sales
The Star notes that some provinces have yet to open their website and launch retail sales.
Priced too high?
As can be seen, the most expensive price list across the country belongs to New Brunswick.
According to CBC’s report, a single gram of the Lemon Skunk strain is selling for C$15.50 including taxes. The same product sells for C$14.50 in P.E.I., C$14 in Labrador and Newfoundland, and C$13.43 in Nova Scotia.
The prices in Ontario, Manitoba, and B.C. are even lower at C$13.25, C$12.60, and C$11.22, respectively.
According to CBC, there were people who lined up in New Brunswick who left without buying anything.
Dameon Pettis is one of those who left empty-handed. He told CBC that the prices are just not in their price range. He said these prices should be lowered in time.