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Personal Finance: Dollars & Sensamillia
CNBC.com | April 20, 2010 | 12:06 AM EDT

Golf lessons. A trip to the beach. Happy Hour at the pub. Like thumbprints and snowflakes, no two entertainment budgets look alike.

We all make choices with how we spend our fun money, and, for the most part, we all have to adjust our financial picture when new recreational outlets come along.

With that in mind, then, it seems prudent (if not premature) to explore how cannabis consumers might work marijuana into their budgets if it ever becomes legal—which some suggest is a foregone conclusion following the approval of medical marijuana in 14 states and three others considering bills to make pot legal for personal use.

Cost Analysis

Let’s talk numbers first, because last we checked, dime bags cost anything but.

Cannabis sold on the street is derived from any number of agricultural strains. Some are higher quality than others, and thus more expensive.

Nationally, a gram of quality marijuana costs roughly $15 to $20, while an ounce can cost anywhere from $200 to $500, according to government estimates. ( See CNBC's analysis of prices and demand )

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