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May 10, 2023

Adult-use cannabis market sales are up while medical sales dip

HBJ PHOTO | SKYLER FRAZER The first two adult-use cannabis customers at Fine Fettle in Newington check out their orders following the launch of Connecticut's recreational marijuana market Tuesday.

As adult-use cannabis sales continue to climb, Connecticut saw a notable dip in medical marijuana purchases in April compared to March, according to new data from the state.

Connecticut’s adult-use cannabis market saw $10.2 million in sales in April, up from the $9.6 million recorded in March, according to information from the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).

The adult-use marijuana industry has seen $31.9 million in sales since the market launched Jan. 10, and the average product price has dropped each month. 

At the same time, though, the medical marijuana market recorded $11.4 million in sales in April, an $800,000 drop from the $12.6 million posted in March. March to April marked the first drop in medical marijuana sales since the state began tracking sales information.

This correlates to the drop in medical marijuana patients since the adult-use market began. According to data from the state, there were 46,049 licensed medical marijuana patients in Connecticut on May 7, compared to 48,896 on Jan. 31. At its peak, the medical marijuana program had almost 60,000 patients.

The DCP has been collecting data through its seed-to-sale tracking system BioTrack, which launched along with the adult-use cannabis market.

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