When my state had med bud, it was a smidge cheaper than the prices for recreational purchase. We don't have med dispensaries any more, and I'm not quite sure why. I think the state's explanation had something to do with how taxes would be levied and used. Personally I think it has more to do with how very little clinical evidence exists on cannabis and its potential medical effectiveness. I think my state pulled out of the med market because their bureaucratic asses would be hung out to dry if and when something negative happens. So much easier to shrug your shoulders and place the blame somewhere else when it's a recreational activity, rather than a tightly regulated and controlled pharma market. Again, just my opinion but I think the rest of the states will follow our lead eventually and just go full rec weed.