Lemme find an appropriate sized duh.
And I don't know how it is in Cali, but the Mass dispensary weed where I'm at is not only more expensive than the grey market stuff, it's just not as good.
Holy crap they really pushed people into the grey market.
California also should be wary of losing even more revenue, although the tax hike is designed to do the opposite. Last year, the state took in less than a third of the revenue it projected from regulated cannabis. The more people who move away from the regulated market into the illicit market, the less the state will earn.
Man it sounds like the problem is in the pricing model. If they had it so after taxes it was around the same as a grey market ounce, people would be falling over themselves to get it legally. They started the before taxes price around the grey market price and it just got stupid expensive. If 2 people offer nearly the same product for a huge difference in price, most people will go for the cheaper alternative, that's just simple economics.