Colorado Projects to Sell $1.1 Billion in Cannabis in 2016

Colorado Projects to Sell $1.1 Billion in Cannabis in 2016

February was another banner financial month for Denver’s cannabis dispensaries as medical and retail sales combined  to reach $92.7 million in sales. February 2016 sales increased by 35 percent from the same month last year.

Combining revenue numbers for January and February 2016, Colorado has sold $181,205,007 worth of cannabis so for this year. Using this data, Colorado is projected to sell nearly $1.1 billion (1.087) in combined recreational and medical marijuana in 2016.

Colorado appears on pace to easily eclipse last year’s sales total, which The Cannabist reports as just under $996.2 million. It’s possible that this projection may be at least be partially attributed to the fact that 2016 is a Leap Year, meaning dispensaries gain one extra day of sales over the previous year.

Still, one day does not equate to a $100 million increase in sales. It’s more likely that the industry simply continues to grow at an organic, natural pace with more consumers and more product options available for those consumers to purchase.

Of the $92.7 million in sales for February 2016, $58 million come from the recreational market while $34 million come from the medical side. Interestingly, those numbers produced $4 million in tax dollars for Colorado’s school system, the largest one-month tax figure yet.

That recreational figure represents a 3 percent gain from January sales and figures to rise in April as marijuana’s national holiday, 4/20, quickly approaches. For perspective, that increase is up a significant 48 percent from last year’s February sales.

The medical side represents a 7 percent gain month-over-month and a 17 percent increase from February 2015.

Furthermore, cannabis concentrates are arguably the biggest beneficiary of this thriving market as total sales increased 248 percent from February 2015 to February 2016. Disposable hash oil pen cartridges and shatter were the big players in that market, rising 163 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

Clearly, Coloradans and tourists alike have transferred some of their flower passion into oil fever. Two full years after Amendment 64 was enacted, effectively legalizing the recreational retail market in the Centennial State, this now established industry continues to see substantial growth.

While the cannabis industry should eventually and inevitably plateau at some point, it does not appear to be in Colorado or America’s immediate future. For now, marijuana keeps on rising.

Bernie Canter

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