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Handful of businesses and individuals donate $21M for, against marijuana measures

Eli McVey  | November 8, 2016

By Eli McVey and John Schroyer

The nine cannabis-related measures on ballots across the nation have drawn immense attention, most notably in the form of tens of millions of dollars in political contributions.

Campaign finance data shows that 20 businesses and individuals account for a whopping $20.8 million in donations on both sides.

Chart: Polls for marijuana measures tight heading into Election Day

Eli McVey  | November 7, 2016

By Eli McVey

Will Election Day lead to champagne showers and celebratory toasts in the U.S. marijuana industry or widespread heartache and disappointment?

Judging by the latest round of polling data, there’s reason to be optimistic – though cannabis executives might want to keep the bubbly on ice for now.

Chart: California medical marijuana sales skyrocket 132% since 2010

Eli McVey  | October 31, 2016

By Eli McVey

Medical cannabis sales in California have soared over the past five years, rising from a reported $351 million in 2010 to nearly $814 million in 2015, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

Chart: Top regions for medical marijuana sales in California

Eli McVey  | October 17, 2016

By Eli McVey

Over half of all reported medical marijuana sales in California’s massive $845 million MMJ market are concentrated in just three counties, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The counties – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Alameda – totaled $450 million in sales over a one-year period ending in March 2016.

Chart: What’s in a cannabis company name? Not as much slang

Eli McVey  | October 10, 2016

By Eli McVey

The marijuana industry has been in a perpetual struggle to shake the “stoner” stereotype many hold of its consumers, and the businesses that comprise the industry are leading the charge against it.

Chart: Latest California marijuana market data – $845M in annual sales, 2,756 dispensaries

Eli McVey  | October 3, 2016

By Eli McVey

California's medical cannabis industry reported $845 million in sales via nearly 2,800 dispensaries over a recent 12-month period, according to data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

The figures offer a snapshot of the size and scope of California's massive medical cannabis market and hint at what's possible if the state legalizes rec this fall.