Today marks my one year anniversary of being a legal Cannabis patient.  I’ve been chasing the fabled 5 dollar gram from day one out of a combination of need and a matter of principle.  I refuse to take part in the belief that a pricier gram is a more medicinal gram.  And I refuse to feed into the capitalistic machine that allows medicine to be profitable.  Believe you me, that 5 dollar gram is still making loads of profit!

My first producer was Bedrocan where I had “True Compassionate Pricing” and months of choosing from 6 different $5 grams. Today I would pay $8.50 with a compassionate price of $6.80.  Their selection dropped to 5 strains and half of them are usually only available pre-ground or what they call “Granulated”.

Next I jumped to MedReleaf where I once again had the choice of 2 different $5 grams.  Within months those began to waver in supply to the point where I really only had one to choose from.  It was like buying on the street all over again!  A few months later both of those $5 grams jumped to $6.50 without warning and remain at that price today.

Next I hooked up with Organigram where I always paid between $5.25 and $6.50 per gram.  Today I couldn’t buy a gram even with my compassionate pricing under $7.50.  Not that I would.  Although I thank them for taking care of that pesky appetite and weight problem I had, I can’t wait to see what happens with that class action law suit!

I ran for abcann when given the chance but could only ever afford their pre-ground for about $5.35 a gram and now I can’t even buy for under $8.50 a gram.  Once abcann started trading on the stock market, bye-bye went the $5 grams.

Finally I settled with Aurora and after kissing so many frogs I was so happy with them- still am!  I once again qualified for their compassionate pricing of $5 grams, which was down from $8. But this ended today and effective June 1st, all Aurora grams are $9, $6 with discount.

Goodbye 5 dollar gram, we had a good run!

Part of the Health Canada regulations for Licensed Producers is a restriction on marketing and advertising.  But allowing them to make their own prices IS marketing and it leads patients to jump from one to the other searching desperately for the illusion of affordability.  How can you still allow any kind of self-regulation in healthcare amid capitalism?  It defies logic that anything good will come of it.

So many things happen today, actually.  I have my one-year performance review where I work, and I hope it comes with a raise because now that Aurora increased the price of my medicine by 20%, I’ll surely need one!

I can see a glimmer of hope in the future for me though, as I patiently wait for Health Canada to approve my application to grow my own in my closet for under $1 a gram.  Honestly, feeling healthy shouldn’t be this stressful or expensive!

  • bob

    same old shit///pillage the customer with restricted sellers

  • Turner Kayston

    Typical, corporate greed… and to think, it costs them no more than $0.60 ~ $2.20 / gram to produce their inferior, chemical ridden products. yuck!

    Never mind organized crime, we have authorized crime all around us!

    All the more reason we’ll need organic, micro-budding and craft cannabis growers…

    Avoid the mass produced, inferior, Wal-Mart, machine trimmed, irradiated, chemically fertilized, pesticide infused & marinated Cannabis – we already have big tobacco for those harms!

  • Robert Wright

    The greed is only going to get worse the so called black market will make more money than ever when the government and their greedy LP friends drive the price up to $25 a gram the illegal market will charge $20 a gram they will be swimming in money.

    • Dianna Donnelly

      Or will more LP’s mean lower prices? Even today, I see the LPs scrambling to hold onto patients. They’re feeling a rush right now, but it won’t last long. Our dollar is our voice. Some will pay through the nose, and the rest of us will work the system to find a way. Time will tell! #GYO

      • Doris

        (Big A) – LP’s have been doomed from the get go…they have’nt collected yet.

        (Big B) – They can’t even grow for 150k Canadians…constantly running out…bad rep…

        (Big C) – Meanwhile…collectives and grey market alike are supplying 10 million Canadian cannabis afficianados. They seem to have the seed to sale well organized.

        (Big D) – LP’s shareholders are salivating the venue of rec.

        (Big E) – Rec is allready been taking care off by (Big C).

        (Big F) – Expect a big price drop when rec hits and green thumbs hit the yards…;?)

        (Big G) – Them Big LP’s don’t stand a chance hustling Gamma-Irradiated burnt Terpines.

        • Dianna Donnelly

          A) if you think they’re going anywhere, you’re very mistaken.
          B) that’s why Health Cda has ramped up the approval process for more.
          C) seriously? Are they all tested for pesticides? NO!!!!!! So not there yet.
          D) nothing new there–it’s 2017 in capitalism–other industries are ok to you?
          E) not in my city or many many other cities in Canada
          F) prices will steady soon yes.
          G) fyi: every spice you’ve ever bought in a grocery store has been gamma-radiated. Not all LPs do this. Some also cold-pasteurize. Many patients and patient advocates would put your beliefs to rest here as for any immuno compromised patients, ingesting micro-organism or mold is severely detrimental to their recovery. YES I agree we need testing on this.

          Cheers!

          • Doris

            Dr Ethan Russo wrote that Gamma-irradiation BURNS Terpines.

            Terpines are real important for the cannabis to synergise (entourage effect).

            He wrote that the effects of ”SMOKING” Gamma-irradiated cannabis could be DETRIMENTAL for your health

            To resume…your Gamma irradiated LP cannabis might be real bad for you.

            And… you are getting short changed by buying low quality cannabis.

          • Turner Kayston

            Where can I read that from? He’s well respected too.

          • Doris

            Big C was not ”Big Corporation” on me paper.
            Bic C was the THIRD LINE of me text.

            Read : (BIG C) ”Meanwhile… (farmers) collectives and grey market
            alike are supplying 10,000,000 Canadian cannabis aficianados.
            They seem to have the seed to sale well organized.

            LP’s have 150,000 unhappy cannabis captive.

            Craft Canna supply the 9,850,000 other cannabis users.

            I beleive LP’s to be billion dollar white elephants.

            Price will eventually plumet and they will sadly lose their shirts.

    • Dianna Donnelly

      And as long as we keep paying those prices, they will rise. Don’t pay the price, the price comes down. It will take time to steady–as we’re seeing now–but the market will decide.

      The good thing is that now we see new users coming out and $10 a gram average is lunacy to them! THEY will be the ones to bring it down. We regular users were used to choosing a quarter ounce of Cannabis over a 6-pack of beer or over many other things so we’re used to paying out the nose to feel good. New users are appalled at the price.

      We need society to come out kicking that this medicine is priced the same regardless of whether the seller has a white coat on or a motorcycle jacket on. We will be the deciding force behind the pricing and the quality in my opinion.

  • Lori

    I think you get what you pay for and $5 grams from LP’s are so inferior in quality it really makes more sense to find a free market dispensary. LP’s have already been cited for using harsh chemicals and I certainly wouldnt trust them moving forward. You will pay $8-12 a gram but the quality will be 10 times better and go alot farther. I cannot even imagine buying ground up shake from these pesticide ridden plants. Do yourself a favour and buy quality cannabis from like minded Canadians that really care about the product they create. Most LP patients complain about no stock and slow shipping times. I dont know how these companies think they will keep up with recreational supply. Justin’s fake legalization is just not gonna work.

    • Dianna Donnelly

      I too want storefronts, but please don’t think that ALL dispensaries are run, supplied, or worked by ethical compassion. We have no more surety that the canna sold in a dispensary has been grown any more safely or priced any more ethically! And THAT is a travesty in itself. Why do I continue to buy from a LP?
      1) makes me legal
      2) no storefronts in my area
      3) write off at year end

      Our dollar is our voice. With enough voices, we can change capitalism.
      Write your MPP and MP to demand regulated storefronts! 🙂

      • Doris

        Gamma-irradiated cannabis might be really bad for your health, as it never been studied on smoked cannabis.

        It also destroy needed terpines for the entourage effect.

        Read Dr. Ethan Russo.

        It’s russian roulette unless you grow your own.

        • Dianna Donnelly

          Absolutely, which is why you get yourself a producer that doesn’t gamma-radiate. They do exist. Btw, we’re on the same side here but there are TOO MANY patients who are too old, sick, or unable to grow their own. It is no more realistic to expect a 70 year old to grow his own Cannabis as to grow his own groceries. Are you also going to say he shouldn’t buy from a grocery store? The LPs are going nowhere and they are somewhat necessary as more than 50% of us CANNOT grow our own medicine.

          The Cannabis industry is in its infancy. We don’t need to scrap the whole plan, we just need to demand better and how and who you buy from is how change is created.

          • Lori

            The LP’s already lied about contaminated product, how do you know for sure what company are gamma radiating! I wouldnt touch LP weed if it was the last product on earth……online is the way to go folks……

      • Lori

        I do not want government controlled product. I will however pay my taxes which are collected with every purchase I make NOW. I smoke cannabis as a lifestyle not for medical purposes. Try an established online dispensary, I do not frequent walk-in dispensaries either as there are none at all where I live. and yes I have been smoking Vancouver product for decades and these people are true craft growers. These cannabis farmers have an industry standard that I would pit against any LP just in it for profit. The fact government wont take the time to listen and work with these pillars of the industry should tell you they want profit all for themselves. As a medical patient you should not be forced to deal with Government LP’s. Same people that have prohibited pot for decades are now in charge of whats best for us?? I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the quality of online world, it is a free market geared towards the connoisseur. I have been totally impressed as to the rising quality of strains, genetics and commitment to this awesome plant over many years. I ever only wanted decriminalization and with Justin’s fake Legalization the road ahead for those who want to take the Government path is much more fraught with concern than the illegal path that has shown much more experience and dedication to the whole process. In my mind the LP’s are the cartels not Cannabis Farmers. Do yourself a favour start supporting Canadian craft farmers who smoke what they create…………cheers,

        • Doris

          Amen Bro

  • quel-y

    First of all, prices are going to drop significantly upon legalization of recreational cannabis. It may take a few years but it will happen and the average selling price will be nearly half what it is today. Half!

    Second, making a profit isn’t greed it’s called business. All producers, legal and illegal, make a profit from their production. Personally I wish craft producers had a much easier road to selling weed legally but they don’t. They do have the advantage of quality and I’ll pay more for quality. The problem is the federal government, they grant licenses only to large businesses who have invested a minimum of $5 Million in their facilities, and more likely $15+Million. And the problem is getting worse. That approach does not support quality craft producers and also will not make much of a dent in the illegal market.

    Until the government decides to make a change in how they grant dealer licenses, the big producers will continue to snuff out the craft producers who built this industry, and that’s fucking sad.

    Today supply matches demand, whether it’s legal or illegal. With massive 1 million sq. ft. facilities coming online from Canopy and Aurora, and others, we’ll soon have an oversupply and the prices will start to drop. Hang in there, prices will get better!

    Every producer should try to grow outdoors or in greenhouses to keep their costs down for the coming legal market. Focus on quality too, it’s the only way to compete with the massive mega producers.

    • Robert Wright

      What do you call a business that deliberately sprays myclobutanil on their cannabis knowing it will make people sick I call it greedy profiteering at other peoples expense.
      I will not be buying anything from LP’s in this case these LP’s they are not only greedy they have no morals and don’t care who they poison fro profit.
      Five of them have already been caught using banned chemicals my guess is the rest are doing it also and just haven’t caught yet.
      I will put what I can grow legally against that crap LP’s are selling any day mine will be free of chemicals and organically grown it will be more potent taste better and be perfectly cured.

      • Doris

        I agree a 110%.

        They were supposed to lose their licenced if they ever fuck-up…

        They did big time !!!

        Nothing happened. ..

        Health Canada is a joke.

        I simply don’t understand a stage 4 cancer patient buying from LP’s.

        These folks will research buying a house or a car to no end.

        But (they) cannot be bothered to search Google for an alternative to LP’s junk ?

        The LP market is a monopoly fit to keep CRAZY artificial price on cannabis.

        Not the future.

        If they want to recreate the Pharma market, they are mistaking big time.

        But authorities won’t be able to keep folks down much longer.

        More old sick folks are dropping Pharma for cannabis everyday.

        And they feel much better for it.

        The word gets around fast…

        More and more foks are starting to grow 5 plants at home.

        Eventually…cannabis will be almost free.

        Just like Hemp Hearts.

        Our Canadian farmers will grow it by the tons.

        We will have 46 abandoned Multi-Billion dollar building like Tweed’s with 100 million dollar Fort Knox safe, 2000 security cameras, etc for sale with no buyers.

        Wrong model.