I am referring to high quality marijuana, not schwag. Schwag is cheap in Oregon too, but not as cheap as it is in border states in the Southwest. In Oregon, purchasing 3.5 grams of good marijuana for $20 is very common. Thats about $5.71 per gram. I can get ounces for $125 in Oregon, which drops the price to about $4.46 per gram. The cheapest I have ever seen marijuana in Oregon that was good enough that I would smoke it would be $900 per pound for some sun grown marijuana from Southern Oregon. That’s right around $2 per gram.
It looks like Uruguay is out to beat Oregon and the rest of America by selling legal marijuana for $1 per gram. I haven’t ever smoked Uruguay marijuana, so I’m not sure how good it is. But if it’s as good as medium grade sun grown marijuana in Southern Oregon or better, that would be an amazing deal. If it’s for schwag, that’s actually a bit of a price gouge.
The El Pais newspaper reported Sunday that drug chief Julio Calzada says marijuana sales should start in the second half of 2014 at a price of $1. He says the idea isn’t to make money, but to wrench the market away from illegal dealers. Calzada said in August that the price would be around $2.5 per gram.
Another thing that I’m curious about is are these numbers converted to American dollars, and if so, what is the inflation rate of Uruguay compared to America? As the currencies in both countries change, the comparison in prices will change too. As I stated before, I’ve seen decent marijuana sell in Oregon for $2 per gram, so Uruguay isn’t necessarily revolutionizing anything to us here in the Pacific Northwest. However, if you live in a state that doesn’t have good marijuana, or worse, hardly any marijuana, I’m sure $1 a gram sounds like a dream!