Tracking the Number of Registered Medical Patients by State: MAP


<![CDATA[Editor’s note: Map and data from CBT. Analysis below from Brightfield Group.The past 12 months have changed the landscape of the legal cannabis industry in the US. Michigan, Illinois, and Maine began adult-use sales, and all cannabis measures on state ballots passed on election night, including adult-use measures in New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and South Dakota. The above map may help predict future legislation changes, as mature medical markets tend to pass adult legalization. States with high numbers of registered medical cannabis patients are more likely to have just passed (MI, IL, AZ, NJ). Oklahoma’s unique medical market is already operating similarly to an adult-use market. Following this thread, it appears that Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio will likely legalize recreational use in the next couple of years.Michigan and Illinois shed some light on how the regulatory landscape surrounding adult-use sales can affect the patient count. The states began adult-use sales just a month apart from one another—with Michigan getting underway in December 2019 and Illinois in January 2020. Through September 2020, Michigan’s patient count has dropped by 8.2% while Illinois’s has increased by nearly 32%. Though neither market has its kinks perfectly worked out so shortly after legalization…

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