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Marijuana Sales Growth Breaking Records While Barely Scratching the Surface
While non-CBD cannabis products are legal in only 74% of the United States, sales revenue exceeds that of many products that trade freely. For example, the U.S. market for athletic shoes is $14 billion annually. By comparison, during the first half of 2021, cannabis sales were $12 billion. The current cannabis growth trajectory suggests sales will become more than double the entire athletic footwear market this year. Milk, which can be found in most households, restaurants, and coffee shops, had sales in 2020 of only $12.6 billion. The businesses that make up legal cannabis are all thought to be in their infancy; what do current numbers tell us about the future?
Cannabis sales were approximately $18 billion in 2020. The six-month trend, plus growth from new state roll-outs, place the industry on pace to reach $25 billion to as much as $30 billion in sales by the end of 2021. At worst, this is a $7 billion increase on 2020's $18 billion, or 38.9%. This potential is not found in other consumables or industries. Looking at figures from a year earlier, during the 2020 Covid driven events, sales revenue increased by 60% over the prior year. According to information published by Whitney Economics and Leafly, that level of growth would continue the marijuana industry’s position as the country’s fastest-growing business.
Whitney Economics and Leafly cannabis industry growth and projected growth
Mid-Year Cannabis Industry Numbers
During the first half of 2021, revenues were near $12.5 billion (medical and adult-use combined). This indicates an acceleration as the first-quarter revenues were less than half that amount at about $5.8 billion.
These newer legal states that have more recently put a framework in place (distribution, admin, recordkeeping, etc.) are hovering around $1.2 billion in sales each.
Massachusetts, where legal cannabis sales are on pace to reach $1.2 billion in 2021 would attain roughly a 70% gain over 2020. Massachusetts state’s stores opened in Nov. 2018.
Michigan was experiencing monthly sales of approximately $100 million earlier in the year. Sales in March and April increased by 50% putting them at the $150 million pace. The trend suggests, Michigan’s 2021 sales could be $1.6 billion. This would be a 65% increase over 2020 sales.
Illinois leaves us with the same projection of $1.2 billion in annual sales for all of 2021. This would be a 20% increase – weak by cannabis standards, coveted in most industries. Slower growth may be a result of delayed implementation because of political battles over licensing and equity.
The fastest-growing industry (sales) in the U.S. over the past few years is cannabis – and the growth streak is expected to continue. Its also accelerating and has the potential to expand for years to come. While this should keep investor attention, individual company success are derived by more than just an industry’s expansion. Even the incredible tech revolution of the 90s had businesses in the right place, at the right time, fail because of competition, management errors, lack of capital, etc.
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