Marijuana Industry Data and Charts

Chart: Cannabis industry employs 165,000-plus workers

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.

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

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.

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Chart: Retail cannabis chains are on the rise in Colorado

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.

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Chart: Retail marijuana sales vs. other industries & goods

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.

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Chart: Oregon’s medical marijuana industry slumping

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.

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Chart: Colorado marijuana sales off to strong start in 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.

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