U.S. Cannabis Spot Index down 0.3% to $1,073 per pound.


The simple average (non-volume weighted) price increased by $13 to $1,268 per pound, with 68% of transactions (one standard deviation) in the $483 to $2,054 per pound range. The average deal size declined 12% to 3.7 pounds, from 4.2 pounds. In grams, the Spot price was $2.37, and the simple average price was $2.80.

The relative frequency of trades for each grow type was very steady compared to last week. The only shift discernible in the chart below is a marginal decline in that metric for deals involving greenhouse flower. In a signal that the fall harvest is beginning to come to market, outdoor product’s share of the total documented weight moved swelled by almost 5% compared to last week. The relative volumes of indoor and greenhouse flower declined by about 3% and 1%, respectively, week-over-week.      

Washington State’s Spot Index experienced a significant downturn this week, falling to $606 per pound, a historic low for that market and just $5 above the all-time low for any market, documented last week in Oregon. California’s Spot this week also represents a historic low for the Golden State, at $1,053 per pound. Washington, D.C.’s Spot Index ascended to a year-to-date high this week, of $2,853 per pound.

The national volume-weighted price for flower to be sold in adult-use markets jumped by almost 4% this week, due almost entirely to an uptick in that sector of California’s market, while Oregon’s Spot also saw a slight increase. Falling prices for medical flower in California, as well as a decline in Arizona’s Spot Index, were primarily responsible for pulling down the national volume-weighted rate for product designated for sale to patients.    

November Forward unchanged at $1,000 per pound.


The average reported forward deal increased to 58 pounds. The proportion of forward deals for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower represented 50%, 35%, and 15% of forward arrangements, respectively. The average forward deal size for monthly delivery for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower was 79 pounds, 37 pounds, and 38 pounds, respectively.


At $1,000 per pound, the November Forward represents a discount of 6.8% relative to the current U.S. Spot Price of $1,073 per pound. The premium or discount for each Forward price, relative to the U.S. Spot Index, is illustrated in the table below.


 Sample headlines from this week’s Premium Report:

  • California

    Relative Volume of Outdoor Flower Increases to Constitute Half of Reported Weight Moved, Pulling Spot Index to New Historic Low for the State

  • Colorado

    Volume-Weighted Price for Indoor Product Falls to All-Time Low for Colorado, Approaching $900 Per Pound
  • Oregon

    Wholesale Rates Tick Upward Marginally and Momentarily, Even as “Many” Outdoor Farmers Reported to be Selling Product at a Loss

  • Washington

    Spot Index Slides to Historic Low for the State as Trading of Outdoor Flower Increases with the Fall Harvest

  • Nevada

  • Sales in the Adult-Use Sector Top $40 Million for the Third Consecutive Month in July, But Production Appears to be Keeping Pace with Demand as State Spot Sank in that Month

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3 August 2018.  Copyright © 2018 New Leaf Data Services, LLC.  All rights reserved

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