Growing Medical Marijuana or buy weed online has been legalized in a number of states now, including the states of Colorado and Washington where Medical-grade Marijuana can now be purchased for recreational use. However, legal Marijuana does not come cheap. According to Forbes, legal, Medical-grade Marijuana from a licensed vendor increased in cost following legalization in the city of Denver from around 20$ to as much as $70 for an eighth of an ounce.
The reason for this increase in cost is one of demand. Licensed Vendors are required by law to obtain their supply from Licensed Growers, and in states where Marijuana can be grown legally like Colorado, there are hidden roadblocks to its cultivation. Back in May, the Bureau of Reclamation announced to licensed growers that they will not be permitted to use federal irrigation waters for their crops.
The long arm of the Department Of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency maintain that such laws are essential to preventing the uncontrolled distribution of Marijuana throughout the United States, which is creating caustic outcries from supporters of Marijuana legalization that suspect the money that the Government puts towards suppressing Mexican drug cartels is motivating these extreme tactics.
Between the cost of obtaining stock and the undoubtedly steep cost of finding a private money holder (as most licensed Vendors will be required to do with current regulations), it is ineluctable that the price of Marijuana has increased with the increasing demand for it. Increasing the sale of legal marijuana in the US has the potential to stimulate the economy and to squash the sales made by illegal drug cartels, which is something that our Federal Government should be interested in making a reality given its historic stance. Illegal drug cartels are responsible for innumerable violent crimes and drug-related hospitalizations that have nothing to do with the biological effects of Marijuana.
While the recent mood of the DEA has many pro-Marijuana advocates on the verge of shouting conspiracy, it’s probably better to try addressing the unreasonably steep costs of Medical-grade Marijuana without inflaming them. The US government does not feel that Marijuana belongs in the hands of everyone obviously, and there is no definitive clinical proof as of yet to invalidate their position on this issue. But the cost that individuals with diseases that have been approved for treatment with Medical Marijuana must be addressed somehow. No insurance plans that cover Medical Marijuana treatment exist in the US because the Food and Drug Administration still has not approved Marijuana. The process of lowering the cost of individual treatment—about 1,000$ per month—will be a long one if the Federal Government does not budge from its position. The clinical conclusions regarding the many compounds found in marijuana other than delta-nine-tetrahydrocannabinol would precede the FDA approval of the plant, and these results could still be decades off.