Colorado Cannabis sales have hit a three-year low in August, down slightly from July and dropping more than 20 percent compared to the same month a year earlier. Regulated dispensaries in the state sold about $150.4 million worth of cannabis products in August, according to
The drop in total sales comes as the regulated cannabis market matures in
The $150.4 million in cannabis sales in August includes just under $19 million in medical marijuana sales, with adult-use cannabis sales for the month totaling more than $131.5 million. Through August, cannabis sales in Colorado reached just over $1.2 billion for the year. At the current pace of sales, the yearly total for marijuana sales in the state is likely to be about 20 percent less than 2021, when approximately $2.4 billion worth of weed was sold in Colorado.
Post-COVID Colorado Cannabis Sales Drop
The drop in Colorado marijuana sales is reflective of the situation nationwide following the easing of restrictions put in place because of the
During the shutdowns, cannabis sales in legal markets skyrocketed, with most states reporting record-breaking sales. In March, however, cannabis market data analytics firm BDSA reported that sales appeared to be returning to pre-pandemic levels.
“Though most legal cannabis markets saw sales soften in the second half of 2021, the global cannabis market is expected to see brisk growth in 2022, driven by strong sales in new and emerging markets in the U.S., steady growth in Canada and international markets led by Mexico and Germany,” BDSA chief commercial officer Jessica Lukas
In Colorado, however, August marijuana sales were still below 2019’s pre-COVID levels, when sales totaled $173.2 million, nearly $23 million more than this year.
Wholesale Prices Down, Medical Marijuana Sales Lagging
Colorado’s drop in marijuana sales is in part fueled by a drop in wholesale prices and lagging medical marijuana sales, which have fallen since retail sales of recreational cannabis began in 2014. According to Department of Revenue data, the wholesale price of a pound of cannabis flower fell nearly 59 percent from January 2021 through the end of June 2022, although
In July, sales of medical marijuana came to $18.3 million, the lowest total since sales of recreational cannabis began in 2014. Although the figure increased by about $600,000 the following month, the industry is down sharply since full legalization.
“There is a dangerous perception that Colorado’s cannabis industry is a cash cow,” said Tiffany Goldman, board chair of the Marijuana Industry Group. “This perception is false.”
10-Year Anniversary of Proposition 64
The soft pace of marijuana sales comes 10 years after voters decided to legalize recreational cannabis with the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2012. At a celebration this week in Denver, the cannabis community and policymakers including Gov. Jared Polis gathered to mark the 10-year anniversary of the ballot measure’s passage.
“It’s a milestone for Colorado, the country, the world,”