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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: Tepid adult-use cannabis sales in Massachusetts for first week of reopening

Recreational marijuana stores reopened in Massachusetts in late May after a state-mandated, two-month shutdown in response to the coronavirus, but sales during the first week were lukewarm. Retailers across the state generated $13.6 million for the week of May 25, up about 60% from the same week in 2019. By comparison, through the first 12 […]

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Chart: Adult-use marijuana sales show resiliency in May, despite pandemic

More than 2½ months into the coronavirus pandemic, cannabis sales in five of the nations’ largest recreational markets are a mixed bag. But sharp sales increases in Oregon and Washington state – two mature adult-use markets driven by demand from in-state residents rather than tourists – suggest that marijuana consumption is rising during the COVID-19 […]

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Chart: Florida’s medical cannabis market booms despite pandemic, US economic woes

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Florida’s medical marijuana industry continues to surge, with sales remaining well above pre-pandemic levels. Demand for medical marijuana is at an all-time high, providing yet another example of the durability of cannabis demand in times of economic distress. Over the first 10 weeks of 2020, dispensaries in Florida sold an […]

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Chart: North Dakota’s medical marijuana program gathers steam, but challenges remain

After a slow start, North Dakota’s budding medical marijuana industry appears to be finding its footing. Limited access to MMJ, the temporary closure of a dispensary in the state’s most populous city and general complications from the coronavirus pandemic still present hurdles to medical cannabis operators, however. Nearly 15 months after sales began in March […]

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Chart: Medical marijuana sales, patient counts hold steady in Maryland

Maryland’s medical cannabis market remains one of the strongest in the United States, with the robust sales and patient increases of 2019 persisting into a tumultuous 2020. Sales in Maryland hit $252 million in 2019, up from $109 million in 2018. Through March 2020, medical marijuana sales in the state eclipsed $91 million, an increase […]

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Chart: Adult-use cannabis markets see uneven impact in April from coronavirus crisis

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dampen adult-use marijuana sales in most U.S. markets, Washington state experienced its strongest month of cannabis sales yet – highlighting the diversity of legal markets. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, April 2020 recreational marijuana sales in Washington state eclipsed $106 million, a record for the state. […]

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Chart: Coronavirus takes its toll on March adult-use marijuana sales

Recreational marijuana sales in four key markets decelerated in March as the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt both the cannabis industry and the broader U.S. economy. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, recreational cannabis sales in Colorado and Nevada declined from March 2019 to March 2020, the first time that monthly adult-use sales […]

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Recreational cannabis sales in three key markets still falling after initial coronavirus-related spike

Despite a couple of temporary sales spikes in recent weeks, adult-use cannabis sales in California, Colorado and Washington state are all suffering from the economic fallout surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, adult-use cannabis sales were less than those for the same day in 2019 for six consecutive days […]

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