10 Least Expensive Cities to Buy Legal Marijuana

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Pot use is growing. A new Gallup Poll shows that one in eight Americans say they “currently smoke marijuana.” The research company claims that amount has nearly doubled in three years from 7% to 13%. That number is bound to go higher as recreational pot use becomes legal in more and more states.

What is legal is not always clear, as our editors have pointed out:

The widely-referenced, but confusing term actually means a different thing depending on where it is being used. Not to be confused with legalization, states that have decriminalized marijuana have in some way reduced the penalties for those caught with the substance. In most cases, this means the state will no longer prosecute or jail those caught with small amounts of the drug for personal use. In some cases, getting caught with a few grams of marijuana is as serious as a traffic infraction.

The price for recreational marijuana varies from place to place, not unlike the cost of cigarettes, liquor or gasoline. The universe of recreational pot prices is small, because it is legal in so few states.

Our associates at Wikileaf, the pot price comparison site, passed along the top 10 cities for price:

1. Springfield, Oregon

> Avg.: $28.5
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $16
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $42

2. Spokane, Washington

> Avg.: $29.50
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $15
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $45

3. Portland, Oregon

> Avg.: $31.00
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $15
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $55

4. Denver, Colorado

> Avg.: $35.0
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $20
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $55

5. Tacoma, Washington

> Avg.: $35
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $20
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $60

6. Pueblo, Colorado

> Avg.: $36
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $25
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $53

7. Eugene, Oregon

> Avg.: $38.5
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $20
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $70

8. Boulder, Colorado

> Avg.: $39
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $20
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $55

9. Olympia, Washington

> Avg.: $40.25
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $35
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $55

10. Seattle, Washington

> Avg.: $46
> Lowest 1/8 oz. price: $20
> Highest 1/8 oz. price: $62

Methodology: All prices are for one-eighth ounce. This is the most frequently purchased amount of cannabis.