For the first nine months of 2018, the average price of cannabis was $6.86 per gram based on the information submitted by Canadians to the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application.
Statistics Canada reported on Thursday that in Calgary the price was $7.21 and in Edmonton it was $7.28.
For other major Canadian census metropolitan areas, the prices were: Toronto, $8.05; Vancouver, $7.42; Montreal, $5.92; and Ottawa, $7.28.
“The price of dried cannabis reported increased 1.3 per cent, from $7.10 per gram in the second quarter to $7.20 per gram in the third quarter. The third quarter price was based upon 1,277 submissions anonymously submitted by Canadians to the StatsCannabis website, up from 859 submissions in the second quarter,” it said.
“Higher prices were primarily reported in Ontario, up 5.8 per cent to $7.49 per gram. Individuals in British Columbia reported the largest decline in the average price, down 7.5 per cent from the second quarter to $7.04 per gram.”
In the first nine months of 2018, Canadians who consumed cannabis reported an average consumption of 19.8 grams per month of dried cannabis, said the report.
“The amount consumed and prices paid varied by purpose. Individuals medicating with a medical document reported an average consumption of 36.9 grams per month with an average price of $7.27 per gram. By contrast, individuals consuming cannabis for non-medical use averaged 15.6 grams per month with an average price of $6.79 per gram.”
Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald, including 12 years as a senior business writer.