Yeah, i don't know why they're charging so much for it. You want whole leaf to make flakes but at twice the price of already processed it makes no sense. Obviously you need to remove the stem, the reason they sell stem in is because it's still considered an agricultural product still and not subject to tobacco taxes and other restrictions. Next time I talk to them I'll inquire. I have a promo code if you want to use code TNT you get 5% off.