Take California. While the state has had medical marijuana dispensaries for more than 15 years, it remains a target for federal law enforcement officials, where the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested nearly 8,500 people for marijuana-related offenses between 2004 and 2010.
Officials say sales of the drug could be available by mid-summer. That date comes with a few caveats, though, and it’s a lot later than the initial estimate of September 2010. Repeated setbacks have frustrated both patients and companies that hope to sell medical marijuana.
The shutdown of Oaksterdam University, though, was yet another in an ongoing dispute between federal and local officials on the topic of legalized marijuana. It’s one that has been escalating over the past year — but so far discussions between the state and feds have been rare.
The price of cannabis, of course, varies wildly—depending on the strain purchased, its potency and the parts of the plant. Top quality pot in New York, for example, costs nearly $442 per ounce, while low quality is just $161, according to one website that tracks costs, PriceofWeed.com.