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How Many Cannabis Dispensaries Are Located In Missoula, Montana?

Missoula is a city in western Montana and is often touted as one of the best places in the United States for outdoor activities. Montana voters passed ballot initiative 190 in 2020 which legalized cannabis for recreational use. Legal adult-use sales began in Montana on January 1, 2021, including in Missoula. Missoula had an estimated population of roughly 76,000 as of 2022.

“The health department began tracking the number of dispensaries in Missoula in 2022. At the time, with recreational marijuana legalized by voters, Missoula was home to 42 retail outlets. Now, there are 51 dispensaries operating with storefronts and eight new business licenses are pending.” stated 8KPAX in its original coverage about Missoula’s legal cannabis industry.

“According to Susie Lindsay, the Lead Fiscal Analyst for the DOR, in 2023, Montana collected over $57.7 million from cannabis tax revenue. Of that $57.7 million, $47.7 million came from adult use sales, $3 million came from from medical use sales, and the rest were licensing and fees and other administration fees.” stated KULR8 in its initial reporting.

Per the provisions contained in Montana HB 701, the first dispersal of public cannabis revenues goes to the Montana Department of Revenue to cover administrative costs ($5.6 million in 2023). Another $6 million goes to the Heart Fund account, which is ‘an initiative helping people heal and end addiction through recovery and treatment.’ The remainder is distributed to the following:

  • 20% to Montana FWP
  • 4% to Montana state parks
  • 4% to trails and recreational facilities
  • 4% to non-game wildlife
  • 3% or $200,000 (whichever is less) to Veteran Affairs
  • $150,000 to law enforcement
  • The rest goes into the general fund

The United States adult-use cannabis industry has generated over $20 billion in total tax revenue since the first legal recreational cannabis purchase was made in Colorado on January 1st, 2014 according to a report by the Marijuana Policy Project.

“Through the first quarter of 2024, states have reported a combined total of more than $20 billion in tax revenue from legal, adult-use cannabis sales. In 2023 alone, legalization states generated more than $4 billion in cannabis tax revenue from adult-use sales, which is the most revenue generated by cannabis sales in a single year.” the Marijuana Policy Project stated in a press release.

79% of people living in the United States lived in a county with at least one regulated cannabis dispensary according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center also found the following:

  • 74% of people in the U.S. live in a state where recreational or medical cannabis is legal
  • There are nearly 15,000 cannabis dispensaries in the U.S.
  • California has the most overall dispensaries (3,659)
  • Oklahoma has the most dispensaries per capita (36 dispensaries for every 100,000 residents)

Total legal cannabis sales in the United States are expected to reach $31.4 billion in 2024 according to a recent analysis by Whitney Economics. Additionally, leading cannabis jobs platform Vangst, in conjunction with Whitney Economics, estimates that the legal cannabis industry now supports 440,445 full time-equivalent cannabis jobs in the United States.

Whitney Economics also projects the following legal cannabis sales figures in the United States for the coming years:

  • 2024: $31.4 billion (9.1% growth from 2023)
  • 2025: $35.2 billion (12.1% growth from 2024)
  • 2030: $67.2 billion
  • 2035: $87.0 billion

The emerging legal cannabis industry in the United States is projected to add roughly $112 billion to the nation’s economy in 2024 according to an analysis by MJBiz Daily. The projection is part of the company’s 2024 MJBiz Factbook.

“The total U.S. economic impact generated by regulated marijuana sales could top $112.4 billion in 2024, about 12% more than last year,” MJBiz stated in its initial reporting.