Article by Francois Marchand, Macleans.ca via CityNews
You’re likely to find cheaper pot on the illicit market.
“That’s not surprising,” said Trina Fraser, partner and head of the CannaLaw group at Ottawa-based Brazeau Seller Law. “The illegal market will drop its prices to undercut the legal one. What we’re hearing is that illegal prices have already dropped in anticipation of legalization. The government is aware of this and has indicated an intention to come close to matching illegal prices.”
Legal weed will be subject to regulatory burdens and verification processes like lab testing, along with those pesky taxes and the fact that supply will be under the provinces’ control. This will likely make it pricier than the “dime bag” ($10 gram) of unlabelled Kush you might get from the guy in the alley.
But there will be real advantages for recreational consumers who pick the legal, albeit more expensive, product: A clear identification of what kind of cannabis they are buying, from the type of strain to cannabinoids content, and an environment that provides a safe and educational customer experience.