The price of legal marijuana may vary “a bit” between jurisdictions across Canada, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said this weekend, but overall, the cost of getting high should be low enough to compete with the illegal market.
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the century-old prohibition on cannabis would be lifted on Oct. 17, 2018, just over 16 weeks from now. That will give Canadians access to the drug via legal channels for recreational purposes, through online sales and government-run or licensed stores.
Petitpas Taylor, speaking to The West Block‘s Eric Sorensen from Moncton, N.B., confirmed that Ottawa expects that the cost of that pot, per gram, will not be uniform across the nation.
“From jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there’s going to be perhaps a bit of a difference, but we want to make sure the price consistency is going to be very consistent with what’s available now on the streets,” the minister said.
Predictions surrounding pricing have ranged, but the average cost of a gram of marijuana is expected to hover just under, or at, the $10 mark. Black market prices can reportedly range from just under $7 all the way up to $15 a gram, depending on quality.