Marijuana Industry Data and Charts

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

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.

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Chart: Marijuana business licensing backlog in Alaska

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.

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

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.

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Chart: Colorado wholesale marijuana prices tumble in 2016

By Eli McVey Wholesale prices of medical and recreational cannabis fell precipitously in Colorado last year, highlighting the difficulties faced by cultivators looking to maintain their profit margins in one of the nation’s most mature marijuana markets.

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