In a remarkable turn of events, Maryland’s cannabis market has continued its upward trajectory, with sales in September reaching a staggering $90.5 million, just shy of the previous month’s record-breaking $91.7 million, as reported by the state’s Cannabis Administration (MCA). Even more impressive is the fact that September’s daily sales averaged over $3 million, despite having one fewer day than August. A significant portion of these sales, amounting to $54.3 million or 60%, stemmed from adult-use transactions, marking a notable increase from August’s 57.8%.
The momentum generated by Maryland’s cannabis market can be traced back to July 1st when recreational cannabis became legally available in the state. Since then, Maryland residents have collectively spent over $511 million on cannabis products. What’s truly exciting is that the first half of the year primarily focused on medical-only sales, suggesting that the state’s robust monthly average of $90 million in the first three months following adult-use legalization hints at a potentially colossal $1.1-billion market projection for 2024. This positioning aligns Maryland with major national cannabis markets, setting the stage for remarkable growth in the coming years.
But the story doesn’t end here; Maryland’s cannabis industry is on the cusp of even more significant expansion, according to insights from cannabis consulting firm Global Go. Currently, existing medical licensees are limited to operating four dispensaries each, catering to the adult-use market. However, a new licensing round is set to open on November 13, exclusively targeting social equity applicants. This development is expected to more than double the number of cannabis businesses operating in the state, with projections indicating over 175 licenses to be distributed among growers, processors, and dispensaries. The application phase for these coveted licenses will conclude on December 12, culminating in a region-based lottery scheduled for January 1, 2024.
For Cannapreneurs and cannabis enthusiasts in the Maryland area eager to dive into this burgeoning market, mark your calendars for October 10th. On this date, GCT’s partner, Global Cannabis Connect, will present the Maryland Edition, an exclusive happy hour networking event in Baltimore tailored specifically for cannabis entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and professionals. This event promises valuable insights, connections, and opportunities in Maryland’s thriving cannabis landscape.
Source: Global Cannabis Times
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