In January 2018, we performed a review of compassion pricing programs from the Licensed Producers in Canada’s ACMPR.
We found that 16 of the 25 producers actively selling cannabis had compassion programs in place. Most programs require patients to meet an income prerequisite and provide a discount on all dried cannabis, or in some cases, a limited selection of products. Most producer’s compassion programs also include oils and other products, but we are only talking about dried cannabis for this visualization. Other stipulations exist and each producer’s program varies slightly, so it’s best to confirm all details by phoning your producer.
In the visualization below, we’ve taken the compassion price discounts for each producer (shown right) and applied them to each producer’s average price for one gram of dried cannabis (shown left, data taken Feb 15 2018). The average price for each producer is denoted by the entire bar, with the average discount shown in blue and the average compassion price shown in grey. Producers without compassion pricing programs are also shown for comparison, entirely in grey.
Keep in mind, we’re using average prices for this exercise, the actual discount will vary with the price of the dried cannabis variety. On average, producer compassion discounts on dried cannabis ranges from $0.92 per gram, up to $3.04 per gram. Looking at each listing separately, compassion discounts vary from $0.58 to $4.38 per gram. The average discount for one gram of dried cannabis from a Licensed Producer compassion price program is $2.04 (Feb 15 2018 current).
Cannabinoid content and the price of medical cannabis in Canada vary with licensed producer, location of production, and production method. We track cannabinoid content and pricing data for all listed dried cannabis flowers and milled blends to understand how these prices change over time.
In August 2016 there were 133 available dried cannabis selections from the 19 licensed producers with sales licenses. One year later, there are 205 available dried cannabis selections from the 24 producers selling cannabis to patients. The average per gram price of dried cannabis has increased from $8.93 to $9.59 over the same period (Aug 2016 to Aug 2017).