Canadians complain about cannabis prices, but they’re higher in the U.S. Here’s why

Canadians are used to the idea that most things are cheaper in the U.S.: clothes, cars, appliances, cigarettes, alcohol. Shifts in the exchange rate lead to waves of cross-border shopping, usually in one direction.

There are, however, a tiny number of exceptions: pharmaceutical drugs, for one.

And, unexpectedly, cannabis.

While prices vary a bit by state, it turns out that weed is consistently more expensive in the U.S. — in states where it is legal — than it is in Canada.


Unlike Canada, U.S. states and the federal government both have their own sets of criminal laws.

And when they contradict each other, things get messy. Cannabis is a great example.

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