Pot sales eclipse $2 billion in less than three years

  • Mark Zatyrka stands at the counter of INSA in Easthampton. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Monday, September 27, 2021

BOSTON — Through eight months of 2021, recreational marijuana retailers in Massachusetts have sold more than $140 million more in products than they did throughout the entirety of 2020 and total legal Bay State bud sales have now eclipsed the $2 billion mark.

The Cannabis Control Commission said its licensees have sold $844 million worth of non-medical cannabis and cannabis products since the start of the year. That has been enough to push gross sales since the Nov. 20, 2018 launch of the legal industry here to $2,009,007,478 as of Sept. 1, the four-year anniversary of the CCC’s launch.

“This milestone speaks to the success of licensees that have interacted with the commission from the application stage, maintained compliance with our strict regulations, and contribute every day to communities across the commonwealth,” said CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins.

The announcement from the CCC highlighted growth in the cannabis industry, which was made legal by voters in 2016.

Legal sales began on Nov. 20, 2018 with two stores in operation.

Since 2018, the CCC has licensed 908 marijuana establishments in Massachusetts, including cultivators, product manufacturers, retailers, testing laboratories, couriers and more.