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Where Is The Cheapest Pre-Roll? Cannabis Prices by State in 2021

Where Is The Cheapest Pre-Roll? Cannabis Prices by State in 2021

Posted by Custom Cones USA on Jan 14th 2021

The recreational pre-roll market today functions mostly based on regional economics.

The local cost of flower, local regulatory constraints, market maturity, and manpower costs all ladder up to what will become the retail price of a pre-rolled joint or blunt at your local dispensary.

In this way, the cost of pre-roll products across the nation can be seen as a kind of bellwether for how recreational markets are progressing at different rates.

One could assume that the longer a recreational market has been in existence, the lower the average cost of a pre-rolled joint because growers, distributors, and retailers have had ample time to find what works, what is most efficient, and mostly what is profitable for their bottom line.

Here at Custom Cones USA, we got curious to see how this bears out in real data, so we called five dispensaries in eight legal recreational states and asked for prices on their most popular single pre-roll joint, pre-roll 5-pack, and infused joints. Obviously, we were not able to get data for states that are newly legal, such as Maine and New Jersey.

By the way, it should go without saying that you can get all your pre-rolled conespre-roll packaging, and pre-roll machines to perfect your pre-roll business right here at Custom Cones USA.

Here is what we found:

Washington (est. 2012) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $10 $12 $11 $9 $15 $11.40
5-Pack $17.75 $18 $40 $35 $20 $26.15
Infused $16.50 $10 $14 $14 $15 $13.90
Oregon (est. 2014) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $12 $7 $8 $6 $8 $8.20
5-Pack $25 $25 $20 $25 $15 $22
Infused $35 $10 $13 $9 $14 $16.20
California (est. 2018) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $12 $12 $20 $10 $13 $13.40
5-Pack $30 $40 $55 $25 $20 $34
Infused $30 $15 $25 $15 $24 $21.80
Colorado (est. 2012) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $11 $8 $7 $8 $10 $8.80
5-Pack $20 $25 $20 $25 $44 $26.80
Infused $12 $15 $13 $20 $17 $15.40
Nevada (est. 2016) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $11 $12 $12 $11 $10 $11.20
5-Pack $23 $30 $30 $25 $25 $26.60
Infused $16 $20 $15 $17 $15 $16.60
Illinois (est. 2019) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $18 $16 $17 $18 $18 $17.40
5-Pack $30 $30 $28 $33 $25 $29.20
Infused $20 $22 $23 $20 $22 $21.40
Michigan (est. 2018) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $10 $11 $9 $8 $10 $9.60
5-Pack $25 $22 $23 $25 $22 $23.40
Infused $18 $16 $17 $15 $18 $16.80
Alaska (est. 2014) Disp. 1 Disp. 2 Disp. 3 Disp. 4 Disp. 5 Average
Single Pack $18 $15 $14 $19 $16 $16.40
5-Pack $30 $25 $22 $20 $25 $24.40
Infused $22 $18 $20 $17 $16 $18.60

So, the winning state for cheapest single pre-roll is Oregon with an average price of $8.20 with Colorado coming in a close second at $8.80. Oregon also wins for cheapest 5-pack with an average price of $22 with Nevada coming in a close second at $22.80.

However, Washington get the big prize for the single infused joint with an average price of $13.90.

At first look, it appears that more established recreational markets have lower prices. Oregon and Washington have the top spots and they went legal in 2014 and 2012 respectively.

But Michigan only went legal a couple years ago in 2018 and its prices are very reasonable and in-line with the cheaper states. Alaska, however, went legal in 2014 with Oregon and has some of the higher prices across all products. This could be due to the cost of goods and fuel in Alaska, which would serve our original hypothesis that regional economics influence the final price at the register.

The one thing we do know is that the recreational cannabis market is growing quickly across the United States as more and more states go legal. But they aren't having to create the playbook from scratch either, so new markets are maturing faster and faster, making it a great time to be alive.