When is a dime bag not a dime bag? Well, it could be when that’s not the local currency. Although other times the cost of a gram may set you back up to three times that ten-spot. It’s not only a matter of supply and demand. Risk figures prominently in the equation.
The cities where cannabis costs the most have one major thing in common: Recreational and medicinal use is against the law and the penalties, even for possessing a minor amount, can be severe, even by South Dakota standards.
Seedo, a company that makes a device allowing users to grow cannabis plants at home, recently released a report that shows where the cost of a gram could set you back considerably more than ten bucks. They compiled the list through crowdsourcing and cross-referencing it with the World Drug Report 2017.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Price per gram: $24.81
Even though it’s the namesake—if perhaps not exactly the originator—of the Thai stick, cannabis can net heavy penalties for users and growers. Possession of what is locally called ganja — the name comes from an Indian word, it’s not a Jamaican influence — can result in up to five years in prison and a fine. Penalties for growers can reach 15 years and a fine.
That’s not to say it’s necessarily hard to find. Despite its legal status, it is sold openly in bars and restaurants in areas in the country. Tourists have served jail time. A common scam is for a bartender to sell to tourists, then turn the traveler into someone who may or may not be a cop who then shakes them down for money and confiscates the drugs. The drugs, of course go back to the bartender who runs the scam again.
4. Hong Kong, China