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Zestfullyclean87 t1_j9mp8as wrote

I understand what’s being said, but I still felt like I had a stroke reading that headline


barbarianinalibrary t1_j9ouxvj wrote

People who buy their weed at the grocery store spend less time giving hand jobs behind taco bell. There we go


fellatio-del-toro t1_j9rm6hw wrote

Fourth meal makes Taco Bell a terrible place to give handjobs behind.

Chic-fil-a is fair game after 10pm and all day Sunday though.


mikebug t1_j9m973n wrote

my Gods - how many millions did they spend to work out that people tend to buy the cheapest product.....

This deserves an IGNOBEL prize


0002millertime t1_j9mux3f wrote

Not just cheapest, but simplest and with quality assurance.


Big-Mathematician540 t1_j9ofh1s wrote

Best bang for your buck.

You know you won't get screwed over from legal sources. Not that badly at least, and would have recourses available.

Probably people who have friends who still grow buy "black market" often, but then there's not as much selection.

If only I got an euro every time I read a another confirmation of weed that we've known for ages. It's slow work, convincing people they've just been lied to about weed. (And am not saying there are no negatives.)


eTom22 t1_j9qg54u wrote

And the one that doesn’t run the risk of life in prison, depending on your state


Muscadine76 t1_j9o9bwc wrote

It’s a relevant point as to how important this research is to have any significant amount of money spent on especially if this is the only thing they looked at. Although confirming “obvious” beliefs is an important part of science.

But what struck me most about your comment is it’s hilarious you think a team of 2 social scientists relying on public grants are likely to be spending “millions”.


Koboldsftw t1_j9ob090 wrote

Idk if white market weed is actually cheaper


Maplelongjohn t1_j9p7qx4 wrote

In many markets it's getting there.

12$ 1/8 oz happy hour special is way cheaper than anything I've ever found on "the street"

And ease of access...

Stopping by a random dispensary on the way home is more likely than your "guy" living along your way home.

And relative Peace of mind knowing the product isn't being grown with unregulated use of illegal pesticides (a known issue of black/ grey market)


JohnMayerismydad t1_j9pb5kz wrote

I buy the most convenient option then worry about cost and quality. Rolling into a storefront is way, way more convenient than dealing with a sketchy dealer


tklite t1_j9koveg wrote

I think their data could be confused by the concurrent rise in smartphone ownership and apps like Venmo and Cashapp making cash movements in/out of bank accounts no longer as relevant. How much "cash" enters the Venmo/Cashapp environments and just stays there? You wouldn't see as much banking activity around cash and bank transfers because now whole economies exist outside of those institutions, inside untracked apps.


dlareh- t1_j9ks7gy wrote

Venmo and Cashapp do not operate in Canada


tklite t1_j9ksmbj wrote


Are the Canadian Venmo/Cashapp alternatives tracked like other banking?


RumpleCragstan t1_j9kzekl wrote

>Are the Canadian Venmo/Cashapp alternatives tracked like other banking?

In Canada we have eTransfers which are directly moving funds from one bank account to another, via email or text messages. It's all done within the bank apps, so yeah I imagine it's fully tracked.

As a Canadian I'm completely unaware of any 3rd party apps that move money around without tracking. Stuff like that typically ends up being done via crypto.

eTransfers are ubiquitous for money, there's zero competition.


Zygomatical t1_j9njwqj wrote

That's the standard in New Zealand too, is it not possible in the US?


Shrouds_ t1_j9qr7d1 wrote

2-3 business days - source: trying to close my Chase account since I opened a credit union one and I’m still waiting on my money to transfer (my chase account is at zero now) to my new account 2 days later.


speedypotatoo t1_j9lzzg3 wrote

Also one thing to add, etransfers in Canada are unlimited and free. The banks likely implemented this to combat cash apps


EconomistPunter t1_j9koppl wrote

No way you can determine this in AEL. Especially using a DiD methodology.


ChokeOnTheCorn t1_j9kpeod wrote

I don’t know what that means?


EconomistPunter t1_j9kq7q2 wrote

AEL is for very short publications.

DiD is the methodology they use, which requires some pretty intricate statistical relationships.


UnkleRinkus t1_j9kqxuh wrote

In US legal stores, you still have to use cash to purchase, as cannabis businesses are locked out of banking. Assuming consumption is unchanged, this is likely mostly due to decreasing prices. As legalization proceeds, the risk premium is coming out of cannabis prices, even for black market providers, who have to compete with the legal sources. Ounces that you might have paid $200 for ten years ago on the black market are now $60-100 in the stores.


NuggetsBonesJones t1_j9ku93b wrote

In North Carolina, not a legal state, stores are selling weed as THCA hemp. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp products with less than .3% delta 9 THC. Weed usually has about 1-3 % delta 9 but that isn't really what's getting you high. Marijuana has high levels of THCA which turns into delta 9 when burned and that is what is getting you high. So growers have bred plants with high thcA and low delta 9. It is the greatest loophole ever. I buy real weed from the store with my credit card in North Carolina.


creamonbretonbussy t1_j9kvplr wrote

I've used medical dispensaries in FL and medical/recreational dispensaries in NJ. Never had an issue paying with my debit card.


UnkleRinkus t1_j9l6ny0 wrote

Cash only in Oregon and Washington.


VegaSpec t1_j9ni12i wrote

Cash only here in Colorado too. They always have an ATM in the building but you have to hand over cash.

I've been to one where you can pay with a card by handing them the card, but it will still be run as an ATM transaction. They have you enter your PIN on a PIN pad, round it up to the nearest $20, and give you change in cash even though you paid with a card. And there's still ATM fees. It was a weird round-about way of letting customers pay with a card while getting around the banking ban.

Far more often it's just an ordinary ATM sitting there.


1CoolSPEDTeacher t1_j9o6mf5 wrote

Was able to use debit in Illinois but Michigan ones seem to be cash only.


RiskHour2275 t1_j9mgxte wrote

Not in California. Haven in downtown LB accepts credit and debit.


scorpyo72 t1_j9kt3tk wrote

It took me several years to feel comfortable walking into a pot shop


0002millertime t1_j9muzy9 wrote

Haha. I was there in line the day they opened. It was actually pretty fun that morning.


scorpyo72 t1_j9mxbnc wrote

I hadn't had any in years and my partner had never had it (directly at least - she got hot boxed plenty, but she didn't or realize it). She was looking for pain relief and self medicating with alcohol isn't a good choice. I explained 'it really only lasts a few hours'.


autisticwanker t1_j9kw0i0 wrote

If I can walk into a shop and buy it legally why would I bother dealing with shady drug dealers.


Ramosnumero1 t1_j9l5t6j wrote

I can buy legally and still choose to buy from a dealer because 1, he's not shady as is usually the case with weed dealers and 2, it's half the price


Testiculese t1_j9p3siz wrote

Isn't that what happened in CO? Went legal, prices low, then the State fast-tracked the taxes up to some 30%, and the black market came back?


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outerworldLV t1_j9lg6k0 wrote

Maybe, but it could just be that they don’t want to pay the surcharge fee I’ve encountered when using my card to pay at the dispensary, if they even take it. Some here in Vegas are cash only.


Ardothbey t1_j9ofgh9 wrote

This, if true, is surprising. In fact I don’t believe it.