Premium Cannabis vs Street Weed

Premium Cannabis vs Street Weed

Cannabis smokers have many more choices today on where to find products. Street cannabis was the only way to get it for the longest time but with weed going mainstream, it is more accessible. Not every state has legalized it which means consumers still have to find a means of purchasing what they need. Learn about the difference between high-quality, premium cannabis and regular street weed on the market. 

Dispensary Cannabis

One of the benefits of legalizing cannabis is being able to access dispensaries across the country. It is more regulated, of course, so not everyone can get access without a card. Some of the benefits are knowing what’s in it. Street weed is a toss-up as to where or how it was made and what’s in it. Lots of options like edibles exist to give consumers choice. Medical consumers can find the right strain for their ailment or discerning consumers who want high potency know what to buy. Purchasing from a dispensary has its bonuses. 

Street Weed

Street weed gets a bad rap because of quality issues. Without having a reputable ‘dealer’ who provides good quality weed, it’s anyone’s guess what is in it or where it came from. Buying good quality marijuana means building rapport with people and it can be a dangerous game because street weed is illegal. The criminalization of marijuana and tough laws have meant people go to jail and receive lifetime records for buying marijuana. 

Build Rapport

Going to a dispensary to buy premium cannabis creates a relationship for consumers. It helps local businesses grow in the community. It also means the business can put roots down in the community and build a reputation for building back businesses that often don’t exist in some areas that struggle economically. Street weed is illegal to purchase, sell, or deal in. Even if building a street reputation is important to dealers and buyers, it is very risky legally and personally. Cannabis may also be laced with more things now, making it more dangerous to just buy off the street even from a reputable dealer who may not realize what’s in their stash. Going to a dispensary for premium cannabis guarantees a certain level of safety and legality many consumers enjoy. 


One of the challenges for dispensary cannabis is its price. Economically speaking, street weed is cheaper. The price is ‘what you see is what you get.’’ No taxes or extra fees. Dispensaries are highly regulated and charge more for the quality control, distribution costs, and taxes associated with it. There are also more rules behind how much can be purchased or used at any given time. This can price some consumers out of the market at the moment. Applying for licenses is time-consuming and difficult for many people so they aren’t able to open their shops. State and local licenses must be obtained, and maintained, to keep the business running. Investment up front is costly and takes time while that energy can be spent making cash on the street. This is one reason many consumers pay higher prices at dispensaries.

Despite all the challenges people face, consumers are still turning toward dispensaries to meet their premium cannabis needs. Dispensaries offer education and value on top of high-quality products. Medical marijuana comes from fully licensed sources and consumers know what they’re getting. Even if it costs more, the benefits to many are greater than the risk of buying off the street. Legally, consumers can purchase what they need without concern with a card. Speak with a local dispensary budtender or owner and talk to them about why medical-grade cannabis is the way to go.


Mary and Main aims to help educate consumers on products and services they can access in Maryland. Contact us to find out how we can help you select the best products for your situation.