Marijuana Industry Statistics, Data and Charts

Chart: Medical cannabis as alternative to opioids could give Illinois’ MMJ program a massive boost

Pending legislation in Illinois that would allow medical marijuana as an alternative to opioid prescriptions could fundamentally alter the business landscape in the state. The move could potentially add tens of thousands of new patients to the MMJ program and eventually generate hundreds of millions in additional sales. The Illinois General Assembly on May 31 […]

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Chart: Timeline for launch, projected sales in seven new marijuana markets

More than 60% of the U.S. population now lives in states that have legalized some form of marijuana use and sales, illustrating both the rising acceptance of cannabis nationwide and the industry’s immense potential for future growth. Several medical marijuana and recreational programs have yet to get off the ground, however. Here’s an update on […]

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Chart: Cannabis industry supports up to 160,000 full-time jobs, with more growth on horizon

Here’s a striking figure for the nascent cannabis industry that only recently began to operate legitimately: It supports 125,000-160,000 full-time jobs in the United States. To put that in perspective, the marijuana industry now supports approximately the same numbers of full-time workers as there are librarians and kindergarten teachers in the country – and roughly […]

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Cultivation applicants in Canada soar, but cannabis shortage looms

The number of applicants to cultivate cannabis in Canada rose 160% in the first quarter of 2018, as the industry ramps up for legalization late this summer. But the newest applicants aren’t expected to have product on store shelves until 2019 at the earliest because of the time required to get a sales license.

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Chart: Colorado recreational marijuana sales boom in month of March

Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado eclipsed $105 million in March 2018, the highest monthly total for adult-use sales in the program’s history. The record-breaking month is part of a broader, seasonal trend playing out in Colorado’s rec market, where sales have consistently spiked in early spring, midsummer and around holidays. Seasonal sales trends are common […]

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Chart: Putting the $55 billion US retail cannabis market in perspective

With revenue of $5.8 billion-$6.6 billion, sales of legal recreational and medical cannabis in the United States in 2017 topped those of Oreos and organic produce combined. The data – published in the newly released Marijuana Business Factbook – illustrates how quickly the legal U.S. marijuana industry has grown. It now rivals Americans’ collective spending on […]

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