The use of recreational cannabis increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, much more so than other party drugs according to data presented by in California, sales went up to $ 320M for the month of March when the pandemic first took hold but the state of Nevada experienced a decreasing sales.

California Records $ 320M in Sales in March

Recreational Cannabis sales are up in several states where it is legal since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This is especially true for the month of March which is when lockdowns began and cannabis users stocked up on their supply. In California, sales topped at 320 M in March while declining slightly to 319 M in May. This is 40 million dollars higher than the sales number for January before the lockdowns began.

Similar trends can be seen for the states of Colorado while sales numbers in Oregon and Washington continued to rise through the month of May. Nevada on the other hand, experienced a decline in sales. The state primarily relies on tourism for revenue in any industry and the absence of tourists meant that demand for goods plummeted, including recreational cannabis.

Notably, the sales growth of cannabis among females was at 31.7% – double the growth rate for men which was at 15.6%.

The Effects of COVID-19 on recreational cannabis use and other drugs

Drug cartels are not immune to the effects of COVID-19, moving product for them became just as difficult as it was for many more legitimate industries. The usual settings where drug use is prevalent such as bars and clubs are no longer available severely decreasing the demand for certain recreational drugs.

In an open survey of 40,000 respondents, 19% of cocaine users have indicated that they have used the drug less during the pandemic while 28.9% of MDMA users reported to have used it less during the pandemic. But the trend is not replicated among Cannabis users as 19% of cannabis users indicated that they used cannabis more during the pandemic.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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  1. Cannabis is good to decrease anxiety, insomnia and etc. Many people are affected by the pandemic that is happening around the world. Experiencing mental health issues is never easy. Cannabis is one of the medicines that could effectively ease the pain. The reason why it increased its sales.

  2. I have read some news that the increase of demand amidst pandemic is uncontrollable. It can be understood from the consumer’s end since everyone is just staying at home and if work is homebased, time can be maximized properly at home divided by two sides, the resting and the working. If there’s nothing to do, might as well enjoy a little to more puff.

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