From a market-altering pandemic to a historic election, 2020 was full of unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the marijuana industry.
Throughout the year,
Marijuana Business Daily
shared these stories and provided context with powerful visuals, whether through the annual
Marijuana Business Factbook
MJBizDaily Chart of the Week.
As the year comes to an end, here’s a look back at the charts that best captured the marijuana market we’ve just experienced.
(Each section hosts a slideshow of the images for that category. Click on any of the images to open the slideshow.) Election
While election polls were hit or miss, marijuana polling was spot on. Read the story.
The marijuana industry spent millions lobbying for federal marijuana reforms. Read the story.
As attitudes changed, so did the amount of money spent to fight cannabis legalization. Read the story.
MJBizDaily’s analysis of voting showed more acceptance of marijuana by voters. Read the story.
Phoenix voters were solidly in support of adult-use marijuana, but divides still exist in Arizona. Read the story.
Urban Montana voters helped legalize adult-use marijuana. Read the story.
Consumer buying patterns changed due to the coronavirus. Read the story.
Pandemic-related shutdowns had an immediate impact on cannabis sales. Read the story.
How markets responded to the coronavirus pandemic varied widely – and so did the resulting sales figures. Read the story.
Despite the pandemic, Colorado continued to have a banner year. Read the story.
Flower sales in Nevada helped offset a loss of tourism dollars. Read the story.
Climate and wildfires
Some maps speak for themselves, such as this satellite image of smoke from Western wildfires.
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As wildfires become a constant reality, farms look for ways to prevent catastrophic damage.
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The cannabis industry continues to look at ways to deal with climate change. Read the story.
Division in Maine communities can be seen in this Sankey diagram. Read the story.
California outdoor cultivators look to highlight products by growing region. Read the story.
Marijuana Business Daily provides a look at potential new markets in 2021. Read the story.
The PBR brand entered the cannabis market, placing a new spotlight on infused beverages. Read the story.
The time it takes to get from a medical marijuana program to the first recreational sale is getting shorter. Read the story.
States where cannabis is legal reported fewer e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) cases. Read the story.
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