Prices slightly higher in the territories
February 8, 2018 3:30 PM   Subscribe

In January, Statistics Canada (a.k.a. Statscan) began crowdsourcing cannabis pricing data from the currently-illegal-but-soonishly-to-be-legal Canadian market. Statscan has been asking Canadians: "Please help us improve our estimates by telling us what you paid for your latest purchase of cannabis" via an online survey. It now publishes that crowdsourced data on its Cannabis Stats Hub, along with other health, justice, pricing and economic data related to cannabis in Canada. For more discussion of the challenges inherent in collecting data on cannabis consumption, see: Experimental Estimates of Cannabis Consumption in Canada, 1960 to 2015 and A cannabis economic account - The framework.
posted by mandolin conspiracy (12 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
The prices up in the Yukon, Nunavut, and the NWT are much more reasonable then I expected. Great job by statscan in giving us an idea of what's going on before the government shops start opening .
posted by Harpocrates at 3:40 PM on February 8


I got a chuckle over this heading in the Experimental Estimates paper:

"Smoothing the number of tonnes consumed"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:46 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Same as in town.
posted by anazgnos at 4:35 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


This study was the subject of a Planet Money Indicator podcast last week, in case you would like to hear about this study in 6 minute long audio format.
posted by quaking fajita at 5:22 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Same as in 1988 too
posted by Flashman at 5:33 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


The Agenda on TV Ontario just aired a segment on the The Business of Pot, and one expert opined (at about 18:55) that he was "not sure people were going to want to buy it online and have it delivered to their house" I was like, Duuuude. I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure this is what Amazon Prime was invented for.
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 6:39 PM on February 8 [13 favorites]


The Agenda on TV Ontario just aired a segment on the The Business of Pot, and one expert opined (at about 18:55) that he was "not sure people were going to want to buy it online and have it delivered to their house" I was like, Duuuude. I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure this is what Amazon Prime was invented for.

I just watched it. That whole episode is so...classic The Agenda. I mean, god love it for its stick-up-the-ass wonkiness.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:23 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


The existence of delivery-only dispensaries in California would seem to cut against that experts opinion.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 5:55 AM on February 9


Maybe they should let dealers handle food distribution in the territories, 'cos that's a much more reasonable markup than there is for groceries.
posted by scruss at 7:35 AM on February 9 [4 favorites]


That whole episode is so...classic The Agenda. I mean, god love it for its stick-up-the-ass wonkiness.

It's true. When I lived in downtown Toronto I was gobsmacked to discover our multi-tenant house had its own phone-in dealer. I swear to God it was easier than ordering a pizza: Call the number, grunt 'Hey' into the phone, wait. Ding-dong, how much you need? Good prices too.
posted by northtwilight at 7:26 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


The Agenda on TV Ontario just aired a segment on the The Business of Pot, and one expert opined (at about 18:55) that he was "not sure people were going to want to buy it online and have it delivered to their house" I was like, Duuuude. I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure this is what Amazon Prime was invented for.

Wait are they unaware that you can already do this in some areas of the U.S.? I mean you order from a local place, not Amazon, but you order through a web site with a little picture of a shopping cart and everything.
posted by atoxyl at 12:22 AM on February 10


(looks like they have this already in Canada too if you have medical authorization but I wasn't sure off the top of my head)
posted by atoxyl at 12:26 AM on February 10


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