Marijuana Industry Statistics, Data and Charts

Canadian medical cannabis exports tripled last year, as race for European market position intensifies

Exports of medical cannabis from Canada soared last year as the country’s biggest licensed cannabis companies continued to establish beachheads in new medical markets overseas. Shipments of dried cannabis tripled to 1,460 kilograms (3,219 pounds) in 2018, compared with 500 kilograms in 2017 and only 44 kilograms in 2016. Exports of medical cannabis oil doubled […]

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Australian medical marijuana revenues could hit AU$36 million in 2019

Australia’s medical cannabis market could surpass 15,000 patient application approvals by the end of this year, with industry revenues totaling roughly 36 million Australian dollars ($25 million), according to an analyst’s forecast. While both totals may seem low by North American standards, they represent “a decent start” for the country’s emerging medical cannabis industry, said […]

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Insurance-covered cannabis in Germany tops 70 million euros in 2018

Statutory health insurers in Germany covered 73.7 million euros ($83.7 million) worth of medical cannabis products in 2018, according to new data published by German health insurance agency GKV-Spitzenverband. Pharmacies in the country processed 185,370 prescriptions under the statutory program – which covers roughly 90% of the population – during the year. Private prescriptions are […]

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Canada’s dried cannabis supply builds as adult-use sales decline

The volume of dried adult-use cannabis sold in the regulated Canadian market fell in January while inventories continued to build, according to the latest data from Health Canada. In January, 5,330 kilograms of dried cannabis was sold through regulated channels across the country, down 4.5% from December 2018. Inventories of “finished” dried cannabis held by […]

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Chart of the Week: California marijuana business licenses expiring at a rapid clip

California’s cannabis industry is facing a licensing quandary, which state legislation likely will address, but the situation could still prove problematic for businesses that want to comply with the law instead of joining the illicit market. The problem: Thousands of temporary business licenses – under which most of the legal MJ supply chain has operated since […]

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Chart: Farmer and rancher perceptions of cannabis reflect nationwide acceptance

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, there’s increasing acceptance of growing and using the plant – even among conventional farmers and ranchers. In a recent Farm Journal survey, respondents said they were more comfortable with CBD and medical applications of cannabis than THC and recreational applications. Survey respondents also were more agreeable to growing than consuming […]

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Illicit cannabis sales in Canada decline after legalization

Early sales of regulated adult-use cannabis chipped away at the illicit market in the final quarter of last year – the first period of legal recreational cannabis sales – with black market purchases declining 8% in the October-December period, according to fresh data from Statistics Canada. Legalization came into force in mid-October. Illicit cannabis sales declined from […]

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Chart: Adult-use marijuana sales spike 7% on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just an opportunity to express love, it’s also an opportunity to spend – a trend that is reflected in retail marijuana expenditures in several adult-use markets. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that total 2019 spending on Valentine’s Day gifts in the United States would exceed $20 billion, making the holiday No. 3 […]

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Chart: Most California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity

Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort, according to data from CannaRegs, […]

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Legal recreational marijuana diverts $22 million from Uruguay’s black market

Despite supply challenges that have limited access, Uruguay has diverted roughly $22 million of cannabis sales away from the illicit sector and into the regulated market, according to a recent report by the country’s cannabis regulatory agency. Under the South American country’s policy – implementation has been slow since its 2013 passage – adult residents have three […]

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