In a bit of news that really comes as little surprise to most, the number of weed smokers in Colorado has grown significantly since it was legalized four short years ago. A recent survey by BDS Analytics, a marijuana research company, found that approximately over one third of individuals in Colorado that are over 21 had consumed cannabis in one form or another during the first few months of 2018.
This new figure represents a double digit increase over 2017’s responses. Retail cannabis businesses in the state are accordingly reporting record sales year over year. One can guess that this statistic will probably continue to increase in coming years as cannabis use becomes more mainstream in the U.S..
According to Green Market Report, new research from Boulder-based cannabis research firm BDS Analytics found that 35% of responding Colorado residents 21 years and older had sparked up, ate an edible, or otherwise consumed pot in the first quarter of 2018, a 10% increase from the same time frame in 2017.
For retail pot shops, that spike in consumption corresponded with a 12% jump in total sales compared to last year’s first quarter. Since Colorado opened America’s first adult-use recreational cannabis market in 2014, the Centennial State has lead the country’s burgeoning green rush with continuously climbing legal weed sales and tax revenue. By the end of 2017, Colorado dispensaries had sold a record-breaking $1.51 billion worth of weed, with 2018 poised to easily eclipse that nine figure number.
On the consumer side of things, BDS researchers reported that 68% of respondents said they used marijuana for health and wellness purposes, with most Coloradans noting that they prefer to get lit in the evening time — perhaps as a happy hour replacement for a glass of red or a bottle of suds.
Do you believe that this trend is a good thing? Do you have any concerns that so many people are now consuming cannabis in one way or another?