It appears as if the economy is hurting our nation's marijuana horticulturists as well -- the average price for an ounce of high-quality weed in Florida is just below $350, but South Florida is one of the most expensive regions in the state for pot.
Using user-submitted statistics from Price of Weed, the global price index for marijuana, a group called Floating Sheep put together a color-coded surface map of the country to give a feel for regional pot prices.
Cities across the country are reaching average per-ounce prices of up to $427 but some as low as around $210. Florida is on the higher end of the price scale, largely due to some South Florida pricing.
The map shows South Florida as one of the highest-priced areas in the state -- which compares to being just above average nationally -- with prices around the same as weed in the northeastern part of Florida, although spots in the Panhandle can reach per-ounce prices of nearly $500.
Between Tampa and Naples, however, the map shows that people are paying in the double digits for an ounce.
In another map from Floating Sheep -- which is likely more accurate -- they removed some of the outliers and focused on cities with a high concentration of price submissions on Price of Weed.
That map clearly shows that the area from around Fort Pierce to Miami faces some of the higher prices on the national scale.
Recent purchases submitted from the area include a $200 purchase for half an ounce in West Palm Beach on August 30, $400 for an ounce in Boca Raton on the same day, and $350 for an ounce out of West Palm Beach about a week before.
The recent user-submitted stats also seem to show that people are picking up more weight outside of South Florida.
Although many purchases in South Florida are an eighth of an ounce for $50 to $60, ounces are being sold at varying prices elsewhere.
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The people at Floating Sheep say they're putting together the city- and state-level statistics more thoroughly, so we'll stay tuned for that.