Top Pennsylvania Cannabis Official Sounds Alarm on Steep Prices for Medical Pot

Top Pennsylvania Cannabis Official Sounds Alarm on Steep Prices for Medical Pot
High Times

John Collins will soon be retiring from his position as director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuana. But before he goes, Collins is issuing a warning over the exorbitant prices that the state’s medical cannabis patients must shoulder. During an online meeting of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board on Wednesday, Collins lamented a trend that has left patients in the state paying more than they should. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the “average wholesale price for a gram of medical cannabis leaf in Pennsylvania has fallen 36% since the beginning of 2020,” but Collins said that the “the average retail price that patients pay is down only 14% over the same period.” “I’m clearly calling out today, secretary, a red flag that needs to be investigated,” Collins told Pennsylvania Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter during the meeting, as quoted by local news outlet WSKG. The Inquirer has more specifics on the price changes, reporting that the “average wholesale price of a gram of weed fell to $6.56 in February from $10.19 at the beginning of 2020,” but at retail “the average price fell to $13.40 per gram from $15.67 per gram.” Pennsylvania has long had some of the nation’s highest prices for medical cannabis, according to the Inquirer. “There is a significant opportunity to pass along savings to patients. Speaking for them, they should demand this be passed to them,” said Collins, as quoted by New Castle News. But as Collins said Wednesday, the state’s hands are pretty much tied. WSKG reported that Collins says regulators in the state “have few options because of how the rules were written in Pennsylvania.” “We can’t particularly force a price point,” Collins said, according to The Inquirer. “Dispensaries take title to the product and have the right to price it. What we can…

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