CANNABIS dealers are cashing in on the coronavirus pandemic with prices for the drug soaring as users “sit at home on full pay,” The Sun can reveal.
The cost for an ounce of weed is said to have spiked to around £250 in some parts of pandemic hit Blightly, up over £100 from its usual price.
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Users of the country’s most popular illegal drug are also believed to have starting bulk buying amidst concerns over lockdown laws affecting the delivery of their goods.
One cannabis dealer told The Sun that he was making “bags smaller” to try to avoid putting prices up too high, he added: “At the moment the cost has gone up in line with the demand.
“I know other dealers are really having to put up the cost because they are running out of their stock.
“I have started making my bags smaller but my prices stay the same. That is fine for now.
“Most of my customers are regulars, they are teachers, solicitors, accountants.
“They are all working from home this week or at just home bored and still getting paid 80 per cent of their wage – they have nothing else to do!
“The ones that are working from home can still function after having a smoke, their bosses have no idea, so they have been ordering a bit more in the day time as well.
“My line is booming really because people haven’t got anything to do at home and they can still order takeaway!”
In England and Wales, 30% – that’s around 10 million – adults aged 16 to 64 have tried the drug at least once, according to the 2019 annual crime survey.
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