Chart of the Week: Initial Rec Marijuana Sales in 3 States Highlight Role of Business, Regulatory Environment

Chart of the Week: Initial Rec Marijuana Sales in 3 States Highlight Role of Business, Regulatory Environment

October 19, 2015 | Becky Olson

All cannabis markets are not created equal.

The first three states to launch recreational marijuana programs had vastly different experiences during their initial week of sales.

Colorado posted an impressive tally early last year, Washington State recorded an anemic total in mid-2014 and Oregon blew both out of the water earlier this month.

At first blush, these three states appear to have a lot in common.

They’e all located in the western part of the country, where attitudes toward cannabis are more liberal and use of marijuana is higher. They also each had pre-existing medical cannabis markets, and all three states were already popular tourist destinations for reasons unrelated to marijuana.

Chart of the Week: Initial Rec Marijuana Sales in 3 States Highlight Role of Business, Regulatory Environment






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