VANCOUVER, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – A new problem has emerged for some marijuana shop owners.

The owner of Main Street Marijuana explained that price gouging marijuana has become a problem, with some growers demanding high prices for low quality weed.

Shop owners across the state have cited that they have a short supply of weed since it was legalized in the state. Ramsey Hamide, the owner of Main Street Marijuana, explained that he has to decide to either run out and shut down for a few days or pay for expensive, low-quality pot.

“We don’t have much choice,” Hamide told KPTV. “Pretty much any product is good product at this point.”

Hamide explained that he’s not going to continue to pay high prices for product that isn’t good for his customers and his business. He added that he is finally going to take a stand against growers who are price gouging pot.

“I’m not going to continue to pay high prices and support a market that’s not geared toward the consumer,” Hamide told KPTV.

He shared that he doesn’t want to pass down the expensive cost to his buyers.

“You can do the math on what it’s going to take for us to break even and it’s about $10,000 a pound, which I just don’t feel is fair to the consumer,” Hamide explained to KPTV.

His staff members agree with him and said the price isn’t worth the product.

“A little bit leafy, wasn’t really trimmed properly,” budtender and staff expert Kyle Stetler told KPTV. “Yeah, a little shaky.”

As the industry ages, Hamide hopes that things will change in the coming months.

“It’s a tremendous amount of product that’s in the pipeline,” he told KPTV. “Right now, our display cases aren’t reflective of what’s going to be coming down.”


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