There is a part of me that wants to move from San Francisco. The rent is too high. People can be phony as fuck. The streets reek of meth-infused fecal matter, raw, unwashed ass and concentrated piss. And to top it all off I just found out one of our most beloved dispensaries, Barbary Coast, has the gall to charge us San Francisco residents $93.00 for an eight of weed.
While this price makes sense for some top shelf, like, you need a fire-ladder-to-reach-top-shelf, it makes no damn sense at all when you realize that the strain demanding such a high price, GMO Cookies, contains a hearty, but not ridiculous THC content of 18.9%.
According to Leafly, GMO is a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Chemdawg that is about 90 percent indica and “is celebrated for its ability to relieve pain without putting you to bed in the process.” Now, both you and I know there are ways to stay awake for far cheaper.
Is the Barbary Coast to blame? According to their menu, they are. However, do not let that stop you from visiting them and maybe even buying a product or two. While their eights cost on average $45 to $75, they do feature two strains for $20 an eight, which many a broke stoner knows goes a long way. The Coast is also one of the most visually dazzling dispensaries in the Bay Area. With an interior lacquered in wood and copper it feels like you are stepping into an old-timey barbershop that reeks of extremely pricey weed.
Unfortunately for we residents of the Bay Area, the prices at the Barbary Coast represent a far more insidious trend, and that is the rising cost of living out here. Thinking of moving to Cupertino? Turns out you’re not alone. According to a recent study, 46% of Bay Area residents are considering leaving the Bay Area in the coming years. Which is sorta ironic seeing as these are some of the same folks making more money out here than anywhere else in the U.S.
Personally, a decent grade, low-priced eight of Indica or Sativa will do me just fine. I don’t need all the pomp and circumstance a strain that costs upwards of ninety dollars commands. With an asking price that high I’m expecting my cheeba to come in a crystal jar with adoption papers attached.
I’m not knocking those with deep pockets and high tolerances–I know there is some saditty stoner out there who gets off from shelling big bucks for ganja, but, what’s the point? If, like me, you can get merrily stoned off an eight of say, Old Pal, which runs on average $15 for 3.5 grams, then why are you going into debt for some weed? Just asking.
What’s the most you’ve ever paid for an eight of weed? Let us know in the comment section!
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.