Marijuana Industry Statistics, Data and Charts

Chart of the Week: Increasing Pace of Recreational, Medical Marijuana Legalization

By Jennifer Mann If the recent past is any indication, the cannabis industry should be optimistic for legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana at the state level in 2015 and beyond. Over the last five years, a whopping 16 cannabis legalization measures cleared state legislatures or were approved by voters (not including CBD-focused initiatives). […]

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Chart of the Week: The Challenging Banking Climate for Marijuana Businesses

By Jennifer Mann The difficulties dispensaries and recreational cannabis stores face on the banking front are well documented. Although the federal government issued guidance early last year on how banks can work with the industry, the vast majority of financial institutions still keep marijuana companies at arm’s length. Just 105

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Chart of the Week: Breakdown of Energy Use at a Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Site

By Jennifer Mann With electricity bills for marijuana grow facilities running thousands of dollars a month in some cases, understanding how energy usage breaks down is the starting point to controlling costs. Just three areas – lighting, air conditioning, and ventilation and dehumidification – comprise almost 80% of total energy costs for an average commercial […]

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Chart of the Week: The Impact of a Holiday on Washington State’s Marijuana Industry

By Jennifer Mann

How much can a big holiday impact recreational cannabis companies?

A lot, as evidenced by a breakdown of overall recreational cannabis revenue in Washington State over the course of an average week vs. Thanksgiving week.

Sales hit $3.65 million during the holiday week this year, up about 30% from $2.8 million for the average week between September and the end of November, according to data from the state. The numbers include sales generated by retail stores, producers and processors.

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Chart of the Week: Top 5 Medical Marijuana States by Patient Density

By Jennifer Mann If you want to get an idea of which medical marijuana states offer the best business opportunities, take a look at the density of MMJ patients relative to the population. States with a higher concentration of patients often have thriving MMJ markets and offer a more welcoming climate for medical cannabis businesses.

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Chart of the Week: Percent of U.S. Population in States With MMJ Dispensaries

By Jennifer Mann Just how quickly has the medical marijuana industry grown? Here’s one indication: In three years, the portion of the U.S. population living in states with medical cannabis dispensaries has more than doubled. In 2011, just 22% of residents lived in states with existing dispensaries. By the end of 2014, 46% of the […]

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Chart of the Week: AK Recreational Marijuana Sales & Tax Projections Through 2020

By Jennifer Mann How big will Alaska’s recreational cannabis market be when sales start in 2016? The Marijuana Policy Project has come up with some projections through 2020, based in part on an extrapolation of data from Colorado’s recreational market. The organization projects aggregate sales from 2016 through 2020 at $398.5 million

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Chart of the Week: Monthly Washington State Recreational Marijuana Sales, Tax Data

By Jennifer Mann Recreational cannabis revenues started off slow in Washington State but have been posting solid gains in recent months as more stores and growers come online. Since sales began on July 8, retail stores, producers and processors have brought in more than $31.6 million in revenue from cannabis sales though October, generating over […]

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