Every day, more and more U.S. states are implementing a program or passing 420-friendly laws. In recent months, the Canadian government has begun implementing its full recreational legalization of cannabis and creating new opportunities for enthusiasts. It's a fantastic time to be alive if you are a cannabis enthusiast in North America.
Recreational smokers in Canada are getting the hook up from their government; medical weed has existed since 2001, and Canadian growers have perfected their methods of bringing the harvest to market for nearly 20 years. Production and supply have increased steadily to meet the new demands of a recreational market, meaning today you can pick up an eighth of beautiful Canadian bud for about $28 versus $40 in the US.
Part of the reason cannabis generally costs more in the United States is due to its illegality on the federal level. State-controlled regulations and laws concerning interstate transit create a supply issue that only black markets can solve, leading to higher black market prices, but prohibition remains in place by the federal government, and the DEA continues to make cannabis a Schedule One Drug.
One reason for more expensive cannabis in the U.S. is because of it still being illegal on a federal level despite its legality in many states. State-controlled regulations and laws about moving marijuana across state borders create a supply issue that only the black markets can solve, which leads to black market prices.
Not only do Canadian consumers get a deal on bud, but they might get to be paid to smoke it, too. Residents of Canada who fancy themselves a skilled (and experienced) cannabis enthusiast can test their mettle by applying to work for the Cannabis Curation Committee. The CCC – employed by Canadian cannabis company AHLOT – will have the opportunity to examine and report on the various strains created by growers throughout the country.
This will entail detailing their properties and nuances back to potential buyers and vendors. What's best: the position allows you to work remotely from the comfort of your bong; they merely have to fill out an online report about the strain via a video review or long-format blog content. It pays $50 an hour.
Here in the United States, we can only hope that we have it as good as our northern neighbors one day. Until then, we can always cherish our dispensaries and hope that as we progress closer towards nationwide legalization, we'll begin to see a drop in prices and an influx of cool cannabis careers.