“What’s the difference?” I’ve had a lot of people ask and I’m pretty sure the biggest difference is not the price! If I knew for sure that the quality of the weed was absolutely amazing, I wouldn’t really mind spending a few extra bucks on some quality recreational herb. My issue is you basically play marijuana roulette with every purchase. There’s no opening and smelling the product! Even if you could open and smell the goods, the way the state law is written makes the grower package the weed in a way that it all smells the same.
Now we can discuss the cost! The tax alone kills you on a recreational purchase! Now I understand the aspect of it’s not a necessary thing for everyone, just like tobacco isn’t used by everyone. But 25% tax on all sales! Your killing me smalls! I won’t name any shops, but a shop very near my home has some quality bud! I just personally can’t afford to pay $40.00 for two grams of weed! Two Lousy Grams!!! When I go to my not to far away medical dispensary (10 miles away) I get a quarter ounce for the same $40.00! Not to mention there’s a much higher quality to the weed! I can smell the weed, examine the buds under a jewelers loop, sometimes even get free samples and already rolled joints! Plus I know that my money is going to a local Medical Marijuana Patient who grew a bit too much for himself!
In December of 2015, the state of Washington decided it wanted more tax revenue from marijuana sales in Washington. So the state forced a large portion of dispensaries to apply for a recreational license, or face raids and criminal charges! The real crime here is forcing Medical Patients to spend what limited resources we have on low quality and low quantity weed! The state is also further perpetuating the pharmaceutical stranglehold of the American people! “How so you ask?” Look at the list of side effects for an average medication and compare them to the side effects of smoking weed or eating an edible infused with THC and CBC!