Marijuana Industry Data and Charts

Chart: Cannabis industry employs 165,000-plus workers

Eli McVey  | June 26, 2017

By Eli McVey

With 165,000-230,000 full- and part-time workers, the U.S. cannabis industry has quickly become a major job generator.

Cannabis-related businesses now employ more people than there are dental hygienists and bakers in the United States and will soon surpass the number of telemarketers and pharmacists.

Chart: Florida could someday be home to massive medical marijuana businesses

Eli McVey  | June 19, 2017

By Eli McVey

Primed to become one of the nation’s most lucrative medical marijuana markets once it’s up and running, Florida’s program will license just a handful of businesses to produce, process and distribute all MMJ sold in the state.

It’s a situation that may give rise to some of the nation’s largest marijuana firms.

Chart: U.S. marijuana industry’s economic impact to approach $70B by 2021

Eli McVey  | June 12, 2017

By Eli McVey

The U.S. cannabis industry is poised to inject nearly $70 billion on an annual basis into the American economy by 2021, an eye-popping figure that underscores the broader economic impact for towns and municipalities that accept legal marijuana businesses into their communities.

Chart: Retail cannabis chains are on the rise in Colorado

Eli McVey  | June 5, 2017

By Eli McVey

As Colorado’s retail marijuana market matures, a growing number of stores are controlled by a handful of retail chain operators.

It's a sign the cannabis industry may be headed in a direction similar to traditional retail businesses, where players like a Wal-Mart or Home Depot squeeze out smaller mom-and-pop stores.

Chart: Retail marijuana sales vs. other industries & goods

Eli McVey  | May 30, 2017

By Eli McVey

With revenue of $4 billion-$4.5 billion, sales of legal recreational and medical marijuana in 2016 topped those of Viagra and Cialis, paid music streaming services, tequila and Girl Scout Cookies.

It’s a notable milestone for an industry still very much in its infancy.

Chart: Washington DC’s medical marijuana industry poised for more growth

Eli McVey  | May 15, 2017

By Eli McVey

Washington DC’s medical cannabis market is one of the smallest in the nation, but the program is adding patients at a healthy clip – and new business-friendly regulations as well as increased public outreach could push the numbers much higher.

Chart: Oregon’s medical marijuana industry slumping

Eli McVey  | May 8, 2017

By Eli McVey

The number of medical marijuana dispensaries and registered patients in Oregon is plunging now that the state’s recreational cannabis industry is fully operational, casting a cloud of uncertainty over the MMJ program’s future.

Chart: Colorado marijuana sales off to strong start in 2017

Eli McVey  | April 24, 2017

By Eli McVey

Colorado’s marijuana industry – one of the most mature in the nation – continues to thrive, posting record-setting sales figures through the first two months of 2017.

Combined sales of medical and recreational marijuana in January and February 2017 totaled over $235 million, up 30% from the same period in 2016.

Chart: 4/20 holiday gives cannabis companies big bump

Eli McVey  | April 17, 2017

By Eli McVey

April 20 – the marijuana holiday colloquially referred to as “4/20”– has traditionally marked the largest single day for retail cannabis sales all year, and 2017 looks to be no exception.

Chart: Medical cannabis patient counts rebounding in Montana

Eli McVey  | April 10, 2017

By Eli McVey

Just months after voters approved a state ballot initiative to revive Montana’s medical marijuana industry, patients are returning to the program by the thousands – breathing new life into dispensaries across the state.