This week we turn our attention to the beginning of the cannabis value chain by looking at where the 9,190 cultivation licenses were generated last year. As readers of this blog have seen with our analysis of manufacturing and retail/dispensaries – all the activity has been concentrated in Oklahoma and California. Those two states accounted for 75% of new dispensary/retail licenses, 86% of new Manufacturing Licenses and an unbelievable 92% of new cultivation licenses.
- The rest of the nation added 689 cultivation licenses over the course of the whole year. California and Oklahoma beat that number in one month.
- There was also a consistent issuance of cultivation licenses last year, especially from March to September when an average of just over 1,000 licenses per month were issued nationwide..
- In a September blog post we analyzed the key differences between the OK and CA markets that included program history, regulatory frameworks and licensing fees to name a few.
- So far this year CA and OK account for 556 of the 591 new cultivation licenses (94%) but California has authorized 368 (62%). Perhaps Oklahoma has finally peaked? Their Q4 issuance was way down from Q3.
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Ed Keating is a co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Cannabiz Media and oversees our data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products over the last twenty five years. During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he has led marketing, product management and sales organizations. These companies include Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House, CT Corporation, EDGAR Online and Business & Legal Reports. At Cannabiz Media Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products and businesses in the cannabis economy. Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.