Marijuana Industry Data and Charts

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.

Chart: More medical cannabis patients and fewer caregivers in Hawaii

Eli McVey  | April 3, 2017

By Eli McVey

Hawaii’s medical marijuana businesses have good reason to be bullish with the approaching launch of the state’s MMJ industry: Patient counts are rising, while the number of registered caregivers growing medical cannabis for people is dwindling.

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Chart: Licensing bottlenecks hamper growth of Massachusetts MMJ program

Eli McVey  | March 20, 2017

By Eli McVey

Still reeling from a sluggish start statewide, Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program also is hindered by local-level licensing bottlenecks that have allowed just a handful of dispensaries to open to serve nearly 35,000 MMJ patients throughout the state.

Chart: Marijuana business licensing backlog in Alaska

Eli McVey  | March 13, 2017

By Eli McVey

Despite having legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is taking much longer than expected to begin realizing its potential.

An understaffed state regulatory agency has been slow to license new businesses, and significant amounts of red tape at the local level have prevented some licensees from opening their doors.

Chart: Patient numbers, medical marijuana sales spike in New Jersey

Eli McVey  | March 6, 2017

By Eli McVey

New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry posted a banner year in 2016, with patient counts ballooning 76% and sales volume doubling thanks to a series of small changes to the state’s MMJ program and the opening of two new dispensaries.

Chart: License delays plaguing Portland, Oregon, recreational cannabis businesses

Eli McVey  | February 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Fighting a slow-moving bureaucracy, the overwhelming majority of companies seeking recreational marijuana business licenses in Portland, Oregon, are stuck in various stages of the city’s application process.

It’s a frustrating and potentially disastrous scenario for many entrepreneurs hoping to enter the state’s largest cannabis market.

Chart: Retail marijuana markups in Washington state continue to dip

Eli McVey  | February 13, 2017

By Eli McVey

Washington state cannabis stores continue to face pricing pressures long after the introduction of a new tax structure sent markups plunging, reflecting an increasingly competitive business environment.

Chart: Arizona growing into medical marijuana juggernaut

Eli McVey  | February 6, 2017

By Eli McVey

Rather quietly, it appears, Arizona has grown into one of the largest medical cannabis markets in the nation, behind only California and Michigan in terms of patient counts.