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November 18, 2015


The number of cities or counties in Oregon (10 counties and 29 cities) that have prohibited the establishment of licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers or retailers. Of those, 15 have the issue up for this year’s general election.

Source: WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio

$11 Million

The estimate sales generated during the first week of early retail marijuana sales in Oregon; $3.5 million in sales were produced in the first day of early retail sales.

Source: WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio

$349.1 million

Marijuana purchased by consumers in Washington state to date (July 1, 2014 through Oct. 13, 2015). For comparison: Washington’s organic market (the second largest in the nation; includes the organic food market) brought in $515 million in sales in 2014.

Source:; US Dept. of Agriculture

$133.3 million

Total marijuana excise tax (+$103.4 million) and additional sales tax revenue (+$28.8 million)—assuming a 9% average—in Washington state to date (October).



The number of patients and caregivers served by Arizona’s medical marijuana program, a milestone reached at the end of July. In August, that figure reached 83,615.

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services’ “Arizona Medical Marijuana Program July 2015 Monthly Report” and “Arizona Medical Marijuana Program August 2015 Monthly Report.”

$112 million

The revenue generated in 2014 from Arizona’s medical marijuana program. More than 1.4 million transactions resulted in total annual sales of 322,528.91 ounces of marijuana. Total revenue was based on the estimated store price of $350 an ounce.

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services Annual Report

Colorado: Recreational and Medical Sales Today* vs. the First Month of Recreational Sales

114% Growth in total recreational and medical marijuana sales in Colorado from January 2014 to August 2015.

*Based on August 2015 sales data reported in September and published in October by the Colorado Department of Revenue. Data source: Colorado Department of Revenue and The Denver Post.


The number of states that have decriminalized marijuana.

Source: NORML

693,482 The number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2013; 88 percent of those (609,423) charged with marijuana law violations were arrested for possession only.

Source: Drug Policy Alliance