The temptation of comparative charts is to correlate data points and suggest trend lines. For example, California and Colorado have a few years of legal recreational sales under their belts compared to Michigan and Illinois, which only have a few months, so it’s just a matter of time until Michigan and Illinois have sales proportionate to their populations vis-a-vis California and Colorado. 

Sort of?

Comparisons get dicey when you consider that almost three quarters of California municipalities don’t allow recreational sales (most of them far from L.A. and San Francisco) and Illinois and Michigan have barely ramped up possible retail and cultivation licenses. So, in the future it looks like Illinois and Michigan sales could equal or even surpass California.



Editor Mike is a co-founder and the editor of Grown In, a U.S. national cannabis industry newsletter and training company. His career has taken him from Capitol Hill to Chicago City Hall, from...