04/10/2019 13:03 EDT | Updated 04/10/2019 13:08 EDT

Canada's Legal Cannabis 57% More Expensive Than The Illicit Kind: StatCan

The Northwest Territories have the highest cannabis prices, while Quebec enjoys the lowest.

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A woman holds a joint on the day Canada became the first developed nation to legalize recreational marijuana, in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Ont., Oct. 17, 2018.

TORONTO — Statistics Canada says the average cost of a gram of dried cannabis has gone up by more than 17 per cent since legalization, with consumers in New Brunswick and Manitoba seeing the biggest sticker shock.

The government agency says the average price per gram post-legalization was $8.04, approximately 17.3 per cent higher than the pre-legalization price of $6.85.

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"The purchase price from legal sources was, on average, 56.8 per cent higher than the purchase price from illegal sources," Statistics Canada said in a report.

"Consumers purchasing from an in-store government-licenced retailer paid $10.73 per gram, making this source of purchase the most expensive."

Statistics Canada based these conclusions on price quotes gathered using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between Oct. 17, 2018 and March 31. The agency urged caution when interpreting the self-submitted data.

Earlier on HuffPost Canada:

New Brunswick's pre-legalization cannabis prices were among the lowest in Canada, but the province has seen the biggest post-legalization price surge with an increase of 30.5 per cent, to an average of $8.27 per gram.

Manitoba saw the second-largest post-legalization price hike with an increase of 27.7 per cent to an average of $9.14 per gram.

Statistics Canada says the highest average post-legalization price per gram was in the Northwest Territories at roughly $14.45 per gram compared with the lowest price of $6.75 per gram in Quebec.

— The Canadian Press, with a file from HuffPost Canada