Understanding the Difference between Medical and Recreational Flower Pricing in Colorado

May 15, 2018 Posted by Options Cannabis Company

We here at Options Medical Center are constantly asked why the prices of medical flower are different than recreational, even for the same strain. We understand this can be confusing for the average customer, and we are here to help.

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The main difference between recreational and MMJ pricing is due to taxes. In addition to standard state and local taxes that are applied to both medical and recreational cannabis products, there is a 15% Colorado Retail MJ tax is applied to only recreational product. Also, when any recreational product is transferred, whether it be from grow to lab or grow to store, it is taxed at a rate of 15% called an excise tax. This extra cost that is not applied to medical marijuana makes the production cost of recreational flower significantly higher. However, this excise tax is only applied the first time a batch of flower is transferred. The cost per pound that the 15% excise tax is applied to is established by the Marijuana Enforcement Division every six months in a calculated AMR (average market rate). There is an AMR for flower, trim, clones, and even seeds that all recreational companies must pay when moving product. This is a lot of information for the average customer to keep up with, especially because so much of it is ever changing, so we are always here to answer your questions! Check out our prices right on our website for both recreational and medicinal (MMJ) flower.

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Wheat Ridge Location
9085 W. 44th Street,
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Call: 720-242-9452

Recreational Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 7:30 PM

Medical Hours:
Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday-Monday: CLOSED

Boulder Location
5290 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303

Call: 303-953-2852

Recreational Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 7:30 PM