, Evaluating new and existing marijuana markets for business opportunities

Between the new marijuana markets legalized by voters in November and changes in store for states with existing medical and adult-use cannabis programs, finding the best opportunities can be a challenge.

In the following pieces, we profile five states that are making changes to their cannabis programs—California and Illinois—or bringing new markets online—Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota.

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To rate each location on potential profitability and ease of doing businesses, Marijuana Business Magazine looked at the following factors in each state to score them on a scale of 1 (least business friendly) to 5 (most business friendly):

  • Population
  • Estimated cannabis revenue.
  • Level of business regulations.
  • Medical marijuana patients per capita.
  • Licensing opportunities and fees.

California

South Dakota

Illinois

Montana

New Jersey