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Eli McVey

Eli has been a data-driven researcher throughout his career. He previously worked as an analyst for Nielsen, where he provided analysis to Nielsen’s retail clients for use in pricing, promotion and assortment decisions. He’s also been a consultant for data companies in the cannabis industry. Eli now employs his analytical expertise for Marijuana Business Daily.


Chart: Arizona’s medical marijuana market marches forward in 2019 with more patients, higher sales

Continual, steady growth has characterized Arizona’s medical marijuana market for the past few years, and 2019 was no exception. Arizona’s MMJ program added nearly 34,000 patients to its rolls over the course of the year – an 18% increase over 2018. The percentage of medical marijuana patients as a portion of the state’s population now […]

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Chart: Good – not great – first year of medical cannabis sales in Ohio

Ohio’s medical marijuana industry pulled in nearly $60 million in its first year of sales, with increased access to dispensaries and falling prices making up for the market’s sluggish start. Roughly 50% of the state’s total medical marijuana sales came in the last quarter of 2019, but it wasn’t enough to drive sales to the heights […]

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Chart: Illinois’ new adult-use marijuana market to attract fierce competition

The start of the new year will launch a flurry of activity for Illinois’ recreational cannabis industry, a sizable new market that will unleash stiff competition for business licenses and could eventually reach $2.5 billion in annual sales. On Jan. 1, recreational sales will begin through existing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The next […]

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Chart: First year of adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts doesn’t disappoint

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana industry recorded nearly $400 million in its first full year of sales, a strong initial sum given the dearth of retail stores throughout the state. But the market has significant room for growth, which will come as regulators approve more applications and access to the legal market improves. From August through October, […]

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Chart: Oklahoma medical marijuana sales far exceed expectations

In less than a year, Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry went from nonexistent to one of the largest and most valuable cannabis markets in the nation. According to tax receipts released by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, sales of medical marijuana in the state stood at just over $258 million through the first 10 months of 2019 […]

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Chart: How medical cannabis programs fare in states with recreational markets

The legalization of recreational cannabis can put a big dent in a state’s pre-existing medical marijuana market. Patient counts in Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon – the only states with both an active recreational marijuana industry and a pre-existing MMJ patient database – have all suffered in the months and years since the launch of […]

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