Yesterday I wrote an article about brick weed, and does anyone smoke it anymore? From e-mails, comments, tweets, etc, it sounds like people in Arizona still consume it quite a bit. Most of the people I talked to say that it is widely available and extremely cheap, so that’s why they always smoke it. On the flip side, almost every person also expressed a deep regret that they do so. If chronic was widely available, and the price much lower, I assume that they would gladly make the switch to an all chronic diet.
Well I have great news for you Arizona, change is on the way! As announced on TWB, Arizona voters approved medical marijuana this month. The implementation process is still commencing, but when the dust settles, prescriptions will start to roll out. As more and more people get approved, things on the Arizona marijuana scene will change dramatically. Marijuana quality will improve, and prices will plummet.
Improved quality and availability has occurred in every other medical marijuana state after the approval and implementation of the program. Take for instance Montana. My friend moved there about three years ago, and when he first arrived in Missoula, Montana, ounces of mediocre, outdoor, turkey bag weed were scarce and sold for about $350. The last time he came to visit this last summer (2010), I was very impressed with the quality of nugs he had. It was comparable to most of the stuff I see here in Oregon, and he assured me that it was EVERYWHERE in Montana now.
It’s a pretty straight forward process; as more growers are approved in the state, there will be much more plants being grown. More growers also results in more collaboration and sharing of knowledge, which results in higher quality. As the program continues to grow, you start seeing educational non-profits starting up (as well as for profits), which bring a larger variety of strains into the area. Eventually, Arizona will resemble Oregon, California, Washington, Montana, Colorado, etc, in that there will be more marijuana around than there are consumers, and the laws of economics will take over. Prices will plummet as a result, and a chronnoisseur buffet will commence. What a great time to be a citizen of Arizona!!!