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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: 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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Adult-use cannabis retailers take stock of inventory, encourage online orders as sales surge during coronavirus pandemic

Recreational marijuana retailers throughout several markets in the U.S. saw a dramatic spike in sales in recent days, according to new data, an unambiguous sign that the coronavirus pandemic is prompting consumers to stock up on products. The run on cannabis stores may come from the fear that marijuana shops will be closed indefinitely, similar […]

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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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