US (NJ): Cannabis users buy on the illicit market because of lack of nearby dispensaries, poll finds

Despite the relatively high price of recreational cannabis in New Jersey, most dispensary customers are satisfied with being able to purchase cannabis legally. But for those who turn to the black market for cannabis, price is not the only thing keeping them out of state-run dispensaries.

Since the launch of the Garden State’s recreational cannabis market last year, about one-third of New Jersey adults have used cannabis or other cannabis products, according to a new poll from Stockton University. About 69% of respondents said they purchased cannabis from a licensed dispensary in the state, and 86% of those who did so said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the experience.

That satisfaction, Stockton found, came down to buying tested products buyers knew were safe and enjoying the quality of them.

About half of the cannabis users who responded to the poll said they used cannabis recreationally, while 13% said they consumed it for medical reasons, the poll found. Only 7% said they approved of legal cannabis prices in New Jersey, where many eighth-ounces (3.5 grams) of cannabis retail for about $60 before tax on the recreational market — which puts New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis “among the most expensive” in the nation, Stockton said in a statement.


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