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Michigan’s Legal Cannabis Industry Outsold California In March 2024

California has long been associated with cannabis, with the Golden State being home to the famed Emerald Triangle where a thriving cannabis cultivation community has operated for several decades. California was the first state to adopt medical cannabis legalization back in 1996, and in 2016 the state’s voters approved recreational cannabis legalization.

However, California appears to no longer be the national leader for legal cannabis commerce. In March 2024, Michigan’s legal cannabis industry sold more products than California’s legal cannabis industry.

“Michigan now sells more legal cannabis than California, according to data shared with SFGATE by BDSA, a cannabis analytics firm.” SFGate stated in its initial reporting. “Michigan sold 22 million cannabis products in March, while California only sold 21.3 million products, according to the firm.”

SFGate did point out that the total dollar amount for sales in California in the first quarter of 2024 (over $1 billion) still topped the total dollar amount for sales in Michigan (roughly $786 million) due to Michigan having some of the lowest prices in the nation and California having some of the most expensive prices.

Michigan’s cannabis industry also benefits from the state being bordered by multiple other states that still prohibit adult-use cannabis commerce, whereas all of the states that border California have their own legal adult-use cannabis industries selling products. California is still the national leader for floral hemp production by far.

“According to the USDA, more than 11 million pounds of hemp flower was produced in 2022 by 1,800 American farms covering about 10,500 acres. California produced 56% of all U.S. hemp flower, which is used to extract CBD and other cannabinoids, including intoxicating hemp-derived THC.” MJBiz Daily stated in its initial coverage.

Kentucky produces the second most floral hemp flower in the United States (1,764,736 lbs.), followed by Oregon (663,370 lbs.), and Colorado (455,100). Alameda County in California produced 5,531,832 pounds in 2022 alone.

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 a newly released 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.