Marijuana Industry Statistics, Data and Charts

Chart: Despite product shortages, New Mexico medical marijuana program posts significant growth in 2018

(This story has been updated to clarify that the tabled bill would have allowed recommendations for cannabis, not prescriptions.) New Mexico’s medical marijuana program continues to grow at a blistering pace, even as supply shortages and high prices plagued the industry during 2018. The state added more than 19,000 patients in 2018 – a 41% […]

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Chart: Hawaii’s medical marijuana program on the rise, and out-of-state patients are on horizon

Hawaii’s medical marijuana patient rolls continue to grow, rising 17% in 2018, with the vast majority of adults in the program seeking relief from severe pain. More than 20,000 patients 18 and older, or 85%, reported severe pain as a qualifying condition for MMJ treatment. Among those adults, severe pain was followed by persistent muscle […]

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What cannabis shortage? Canada has ‘sufficient supply,’ Ottawa says

Canada’s federal government says the country has more than enough legal cannabis to meet demand even as some provinces complain about shortages. “The data is clear: There remains sufficient supply to meet and exceed existing demand,” Bill Blair, Canada’s minister in charge of marijuana, said Wednesday via Twitter after receiving queries from Marijuana Business Daily. […]

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Chart: US-affiliated medical cannabis firms led fundraising on Canadian Securities Exchange in 2018

U.S.-affiliated medical cannabis companies dominated Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) fundraising in 2018, raising nearly $2 billion through 50 equity-related deals. As of December 2018, 47% of the 124 cannabis-related companies trading on the CSE were based in the United States or had U.S. assets or interests. Cannabis-related companies in the life sciences sector – which […]

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Half of Canada’s cannabis cultivation applicants in limbo

More than half of the cannabis site applications in Canada had not transitioned to the new licensing system as of the end of 2018, meaning their applications are effectively in regulatory limbo and not being scrutinized by the country’s cannabis regulator. Only 409 of the 839 cannabis site applications in the queue to be cannabis cultivators […]

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British Columbia, Ontario at bottom of per-person legal cannabis sales

Provinces with more physical cannabis stores saw significantly higher per-person sales in the six weeks after Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana, according to new data from Statistics Canada – an indication that consumers have a strong preference to buy their cannabis offline. British Columbia – the province with the biggest underground cannabis economy – reported […]

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Cannabis firms in M&A hunt look beyond Canada for growth

Canadian medical cannabis companies are increasingly looking internationally for acquisitions to tap growth while consolidation in the country’s marijuana sector continues to steam ahead. Last year, 140 U.S. cannabis companies were targets of mergers and acquisitions, a substantial increase over 2017’s 86, according to data compiled by Viridian Capital Advisors and shared with Marijuana Business […]

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Steady growth in medical marijuana demand taxes Brazil’s import structure

The medical cannabis structure that requires patients in Brazil to get individual authorizations to import their MMJ products is “insufficient” to meet growing demand in the country, according to a former sanitary surveillance agency director. The continuous increase of individual authorizations to import medical cannabis could force Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria (ANVISA) to make […]

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Chart: Multistate cannabis operators rapidly expanding into new markets

The fragmented, state-by-state nature of the marijuana industry historically has been dominated by small, local players, but larger, publicly traded companies with multistate operations are becoming an increasingly prevalent force. Rapid consolidation and expansion among cannabis companies dominated 2018 with more than 300 mergers and acquisitions and a rash of reverse takeovers that allowed U.S. […]

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