Map Shows Pot Laws Don't Affect Price
Price of weed across US charted
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 1:19 AM CDT
Updated Aug 31, 2011 7:13 AM CDT
Marijuana is cheapest in the dark green areas and most expensive in the yellow ones.   (

(Newser) – The number crunchers at Floating Sheep, using data from thousands of reports on the Price of Weed website, have produced a map showing how the retail price of marijuana differs across the USA. Price are unsurprisingly low in pot-growing areas like northern California, but the map also shows that the strictness of state laws against marijuana appear to make no difference to the price.

In Kentucky, where being caught with less than 8 ounces of marijuana for a second time carries a penalty of up to 5 years, prices are much lower than in Minnesota, where possession of anything just over an ounce carries only a small fine—but where growing regions are far away. "Simply put, no matter what kind of legal codes you pass, the laws of supply and demand will supersede them," Gizmodo notes.

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Aug 31, 2011 12:21 PM CDT
The moral majority can screw themselves, the days of the belief in the 1950's Reefer Magic film just don't work anymore.
Aug 31, 2011 11:58 AM CDT
As always it's the threat of incarceration that effects price of illicit drugs. (The supply/demand has a nominal effect).
Aug 31, 2011 11:14 AM CDT
The prisons in some states must be brimming with pot offenders. Each inmate costs maybe $30k a year and does not make money or pay taxes. What a stupid and self-righteous waste of taxpayer money.