Lower pot prices and new stores on the way
Marijuana prices have continued to drop to the point where there are now several strains available for $15 a gram at all three of Clark County’s operating pot shops.
And while new growers are finding it harder to get their products out to existing stores’ fully stocked shelves, two new Vancouver stores are close to opening in the next few weeks that may help them add even more variety to the market.
New Vansterdam, Main Street Marijuana and Battle Ground’s Cannabis Country Store have a lot more variety than when they first opened. Main Street has had more than 150 strains through its doors since it opened, manager Ramsey Hamide said. And the menu at New Vansterdam was about six pages long when I last stopped by.
The Cannabis Country Store also has several strains for $15 a gram now, including a few from Battle Ground grower Agrijuana.
“We’re getting a lot of phone calls from a lot of growers right now,” owner Loren Carlson said. “The prices certainly have come down. Our biggest issue right now is that people just don’t know we’re here.”
That store is also working on some options for connoisseurs that would like to try new strains (more on that in the near future).
Vancouver’s next two stores are also moving toward opening in the next few weeks.
High End Market Place had its license approved by the Liquor Control Board last week and plans to open soon at its location at 1906 Broadway, which is not far from Main Street Marijuana.
Hamide said he thinks there’s plenty of room in the market for more stores, including two in the general uptown area.
“We think the potential customer base for legal marijuana is much larger than what is currently being served,” Hamide said. “Competition among the growers to get product on the retail shelves has resulted in drastically lower prices for the customers. Competition among retailers will also have similar yet not such drastic price movement as they compete for foot traffic. All of which is good for the consumer.”
The Herbery is also getting close to opening on 164th Street, with owners hoping to open in early February.
So far, the most popular strain in the county appears to be – no big surprise here – blue dream.
What do you all think? Have you tried any new strains now that prices have dropped? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!
Here’s info on Clark County’s stores if you’re planning a visit: