US: "Consumers say Massachusetts' cannabis is low quality"

On the West Coast, where cannabis culture has long since gone mainstream, it’s not unusual for politicians to publicly spar over whose jurisdiction grows the best cannabis.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, for example, once boasted his state cultivates “the best cannabis in the United States of America,” while Representative Ted Lieu lauded California’s “amazing cannabis” as a marquee attraction on par with Disneyland and Yosemite National Park.

Massachusetts officials, on the other hand, maybe better off avoiding the subject. “It’s garbage,” Warren Lynch, a 47-year-old Malden resident, and longtime cannabis connoisseur, said of the cannabis flower on offer at licensed stores in Massachusetts. “The market here is dominated by nasty corporate schwag” — a derisive term that enthusiasts reserve for the lowest quality cannabis.

Lynch is one of several dozen consumers and medical cannabis patients who shared their impressions of the quality, variety, and value of cannabis products sold legally in Massachusetts. In interviews and social media posts, many said the cannabis here — all of which must be grown within the state — has gradually improved since adult-use sales began in late 2018. But their overriding perception was a negative one, with most who responded to the Globe’s call for reviews saying the market remains riddled with mediocre or even defective flower sold at premium prices.

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