How much is a quarter pound of weed
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Few weight units possess the OG status of the quarter pound, better known on the streets as the QP. Although you may hear about QPs, most folks will never see a QP of weed, simply because it’s too much smoke for most tokers. During the heyday of pot prohibition, stoners only ever dealt with QPs if they were dealing weed. Today, licensed cannabis companies also deal in QPs, but usually only to other licensed cannabis businesses.
In fact, a QP contains so much weed that it’s illegal for the Average Joe to possess that much throughout most of the US – even in some states where weed is legal.
How much herb gets packed into a QP? As a rule, tokers generally buy or carry single ounces or fractions of ounces (e.g. an “eighth”), so let’s visualize a QP according to what’s familiar. Another common weight — the pound — will help here, too.
If you’ve already done your homework here at MERRY JANE, then you know that 16 oz are in one pound. So, figuring out how many ounces makes up a quarter pound is a cakewalk from there: Since a quarter pound is one-fourth of a pound, you just take one-fourth of 16 oz to get the total ounces in a QP.
In other words: there are 4 ounces in a quarter pound of weed.
Those peanut-butter-jar-sized bottles you see on dispensary shelves (or piling up in your sesh den) typically hold about an ounce. So, a QP is about four of those bottle-jar things. Yet the casual smoker can take weeks, if not months, to burn through a single ounce of herb, much less a QP.
And, in many legal states, sitting on more than an ounce of bud can get you busted by the cops. That’s because, for decades, cops and courts considered anyone in possession of a QP (or even just a few ounces) to be drug dealers, whether those suspects were actually slangin’ green or not.
But. some enlightened US states cap their max legal weed weights at precisely one QP. And even better, a small handful of states will allow some people (as in, qualifying medical cannabis patients) to legally possess more than a QP.
Which states will let you possess enough weed to smoke even Snoop under the table? Keep reading.
States Where You Can Legally Possess a Quarter Pound of Weed
Before you pack up and move to one of these, ahem, “high” possession states, know that these “up to a QP” maximum weight limits may only apply to medical patients, depending on the state. Recreational customers, generally, are capped at 1 oz of flower, but again, that varies by state, as well.
Every state has different rules for weed, and we won’t be going over all that fine print here. So, treat these listings as road signs pointing in general directions, not as detailed topographical maps guiding you through the entirety of the legal terrain (as always, check the state’s laws for details).
The states where you can possess up to a QP of weed are Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, and Missouri. And, make sure to double check the fine print. For instance, it’s important to know that you can only possess a QP of weed in Alaska so long as that dank stays in your home. No ghost riding the whip with your quarter pound bag of weed sitting in the passenger seat (or anywhere), unfortunately.
States Where You Can Possess More Than a QP and Still Avoid Johnny Law
Yes, there are some states where qualifying medical patients can possess over a QP of weed. These states are California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. But we also want to shout out Washington State for its lax limits on concentrates.
In Minnesota and Ohio, there are no possession limits for medical patients. But there is a catch: Patients can only possess non-smokable forms of cannabis, so that means tried-and-true blazable buds are out of the equation.
That leaves California as the only state where there are no patient possession limits for fire weed. Stack those quarter pounders like McDonald’s patties, son!
Anyway, the takeaway here is that there are 4 oz in a quarter pound. And if you truly need a QP just to catch a buzz, you’ve got iron lungs, an incredibly debilitating illness, or an insanely high tolerance. Maybe all three? Either way, read up on the cannabis laws in your city and state to know how much weed you can have in your possession at once — it’s part of being a responsible pothead.
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How Much Weed is an Eighth, Quarter, Ounce, QP and More?
Thursday July 30, 2020
G etting the hang of cannabis lingo, especially for new consumers, can be confusing. For example, what exactly is the difference between a joint, a blunt, or a spliff? How about shatter, wax, or hash? What about all those crazy strain names?! Super Lemon Haze, Girl Scout Cookies, Grand Daddy Purps? What does it all mean?!
Why Does It Matter to Know Marijuana Amounts?
All of this confusing nomenclature doesn’t even get into cannabis amounts. When buying flower from a dispensary, an eighth is a really common weed measurement. But an eighth...of what? As a consumer, knowing how much cannabis you can legally possess is important.
For example, in Colorado, consumers are allowed to possess up to one ounce or less with no penalty. Possessing between one and two ounces is subject to a $100 fine while possessing between 2-6 ounces could result in incarceration and a $700 fine.
For contrast, let’s look at Texas, where everything is indeed bigger, especially their cannabis penalties. In the Lone Star State, possessing two ounces or less could bring you a misdemeanor, up to 180 days in jail, and a $2,000 fine. Possessing between 4 ounces to five pounds moves you to a felony, prison from 180 days to two years, and a fine up to $10,000.
Knowing how much cannabis you have on you – and how much you’re consuming, especially for medical cannabis patients – matters. Additionally, when it comes time to make a purchase, it helps to be familiar with what’s offered.
Two Systems, One Product
Part of the difficulty in understanding cannabis weight is that the industry uses two different measuring systems. As an FYI, when the amounts jump between grams and ounces, that’s because cannabis measurements start at the bottom of the scale in grams (metric), but change to the Imperial System (ounces and pounds) that the U.S uses as weight goes up.
Despite using grams as a base measurement, you’ll almost never hear of a larger amount of cannabis measured in kilos.
Though this strange system of measurement is a holdover from cannabis’ more illicit days, it has become the cultural standard within the cannabis market, and will likely continue for a long time. It’s become so omnipresent that instead of choosing one system, a large majority of the industry has just learned to do conversions mentally.
That may sound intimidating but it’s actually quite simple once you get the gist. At PotGuide, we’re here to provide you all the tools to be a canna-consumer in the know, so let’s dig in on how much weed is included in the most common amounts.
Common Cannabis Weight Denominations
Gram: Typically the smallest amount you can legally purchase (though some places may do half-grams). Often called a “dime” as they typically cost about $10 – or a “dime.” In legalized markets, the phrase dime is a fading term, as the price of a gram can vary, but it still holds a strong foothold in cannabis lingo.
Two grams: Also referred to as a “twenty,” “dub sack,” or more commonly, “dub.” The name is a black market holdover (two “dimes” makes a “twenty” or simply “double” the typical small amount).
Eighth: This is the most common denomination of cannabis purchased, and the first step into the imperial system. An “eighth” refers to 1/8 of an ounce of weed or about 3.5 grams. Eighths are also sometimes referred to as a “slice.” This term actually comes from pizza! As pizza is typically cut into 8 slices, one eighth is one “slice.”
Quarter: A quarter is, as its name suggests, is a quarter of an ounce, or seven grams. Though occasionally called a “Q,” quarters are one of the only denominations with very few alternative slang terms.
Half-ounce: Weighing in at 14 grams, this is, of course, a half-ounce of cannabis. You’ll often hear this phrased as a “half-O.” It is helpful to know some of the alternative names for ounces, as the “half-“ naming system is pretty common (i.e. “half-zip”).
Ounce: These 28 grams equal four quarters or eight eighths. Many states use ounces to determine legal possession limits, and it is considered as the central standard “complete” unit in the world of cannabis. Though eighths are the most popular and common, in cannabis, the ounce is king.
As the central unit, the ounce has the most euphemisms of any cannabis denomination. We have an “O-Z” (pronounced “oh-zee,” from the abbreviation of ounce, oz.), an “onion” (simply because of the O), a “pie” (thanks to the pizza analogy), and finally a “zip” (shout outs to Juicy J, this one likely comes from the Z in oz.).
Industrial Cannabis Amounts
For individuals shopping in legalized markets, denominations almost never go above an ounce. While some states allow extremely ill medical patients licensing to purchase and possess larger amounts of cannabis, those units are typically still packaged in ounce denominations despite a larger total. However, for the cannabis industry, such as producers, manufacturers, and retailers, cannabis is bought, sold, and transferred in larger quantities.
Quarter-pound: This amount equals four ounces, or 113.4 grams. Also referred to as a “QP,” or occasionally, “quap.”
Half-pound: Also called a “half-pack” or “half-pounder,” this equals 226.8 grams.
Pound: Folks, this is a lot of weed, about the size of a watermelon. Totaling 453 grams (16 ozs.), you may also hear it referred to as a “pack” or “elbow.”
Changing Cannabis Terms
As new cannabis cultures are forged, and old ones evolve, the terms that we commonly refer to cannabis may change along with them. However, these core denominations seem to have persisted through the tests of time for a while now, and will probably remain as the legal cannabis industry solidifies.
Do you have any questions about common cannabis weights and denominations? Ask away in the comments below!
Knowing how much cannabis you have on you – and how much you’re consuming, especially for medical cannabis patients – matters. Additionally, when it comes time to make a purchase, it helps to be familiar with what’s offered. Click here to learn the common marijuana measurements!