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Black Market Marijuana Growing Success Secrets

In a previous article, we saw how marijuana legalization is affecting black market marijuana growers.

We noted that the black market marijuana growing industry is losing market share to the white market (legal) marijuana retail industry.

These losses are happening mostly in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, with Colorado seeing the most shift away from black market marijuana sellers.

The point is, if you’re thinking of growing cannabis, or you already do black market marijuana growing and are contemplating expanding your grow op, now’s the time to do it.

Here’s how you compete against white market marijuana sellers…

Give Customers Lower Cannabis Prices 

Black market marijuana sellers don’t have to give a cut to the government to produce or distribute cannabis.

They don’t have to maintain expensive, government-inspected grow buildings or pay official staff.

This should translate directly into lower pot prices. Buyers are very motivated by quality and price per gram.

If your prices are lower than dispensary prices, you win.

Grow and Sell Higher Quality Marijuana Than the Dispensaries Do

The mainstream media, and even most marijuana media, claim that legal marijuana dispensaries have higher quality weed than black market growers have.

Yes there are a lot of schwag black market marijuana growers.

But the tens of thousands of black market growers who read grow premium, dank, fire connoisseur marijuana that’s better than anything you can get in a dispensary.

I’ve visited a dozen legal marijuana dispensaries, most of them in Washington and Colorado, and found the weed menu to be tired and generic, and the buds overdried, lacking in crystal and scent, and overpriced.

Grow the best weed the best ways, making sure to dry and cure properly, and buyers will want yours instead of wanting legal dispensary buds.

Grow Premium, Rare Cannabis Strains

The menus at most legal marijuana retail stores and medical marijuana dispensaries are boring and predictable.

Blue Dream, Jack Herer, Golden Goat, Gorilla Glue, Sour Diesel, Haze, Kush, blah blah blah.

You see the same old strains all the time.

So take a look at the seeds and strains guide, where you find articles about top cannabis strains for different purposes.

For example, you could grow one strain that’s good for PTSD, another that’s good for spasms (high-CBD), another that’s trippy psychedelic (pure Sativa), and another that’s good for sex.

Read this article from our grow girl Kim about marijuana strains for sex fun!

When you grow premium strains and provide a menu that caters to a wide variety of marijuana users, you do better than most legal sellers.

Treat Black Market Marijuana Buyers the Right Way

Building rapport and providing friendly customer service is another way for a black market marijuana grower to maintain market share and compete successfully with legal sellers.

In legal dispensaries, most budtenders treat you like you get treated at any retail store.

They give you a little information, they shove a few glass jars at you, they want you to give them your money and get out of the way so another customer can give them money.

So you do better when you build personal friendships with black market marijuana buyers as much as you safely can.

Show them marijuana strain descriptions and photos here at, and ask them what their favorites are.

Ask them what kind of high or medical marijuana effects they like, and then grow strains that are perfect for them.

Find out if they want concentrates, then learn to make those concentrates.

Be fair and friendly with your customers.

Make it as easy, safe, and confidential as possible for them to buy their favorite strains and forms of marijuana from you.

Networking to Get Wealthier, Safer Customers

Black market marijuana growers always have to be security conscious. It’s hard to market your product, because you can’t just advertise it openly.

That’s why savvy networking, socializing, and otherwise getting to know good people is essential to black market marijuana success.

Too many of us growers are lone wolves, hermits, loners, living lonely lives without making lots of friends, without participating in civic duties, going to college, or hanging out with trustworthy 420 people who have money and are safe to deal to.

There’s a balance between marketing and security when you’re a black market marijuana grower.

The ideal customers are respectable, reliable older folks—college professors, doctors, accountants, engineers, etc.—the kind of people who have money, aren’t sketchy or scary, and who will buy large quantities.

The more of your buds you sell at one time to one safe, intelligent, honest buyer, and the fewer buyers you have, the safer you are.

Retail marijuana prices are high in states that don’t have legalization.

But if novice marijuana buyers can go to white market legal sellers rather than black market sellers, they will… unless you give them better weed at a better price.

Black market marijuana growers can still make a lot of money, and compete with legal sellers, by following the advice in this article.

And as always, the attorneys ask me to tell you this article is my personal opinion. The magazine can’t recommend that you break the law:)

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