D.C. medical cannabis sales continue to slow as out-of-state patient registration continues decline


A steady decline in sales continues

D.C. released the monthly medical cannabis program metrics for November, revealing a continued drop in dispensary sales since the March program record high. Out-of-state and non-resident temporary patient registrations continue to decline, eclipsing the slight growth in D.C. medical patient registrations. 

 The program sold a little more than $4.6 million in cannabis products overall, a 9% decline in sales compared to November  2022. It’s important to note that these metrics do not include the gray market I-71 shops that proliferate across the city.

November 2023 Highlights

  • Patients served dropped by over 100 from October. 
  • The top state for temporary patient registrations was Maryland for the third month in a row followed by Virginia than Florida. 
  • Out-of-state patient registrations dropped by 109 and non-resident temporary registrations dropped by 203. D.C. resident patient registrations rose by only 108. 
  • The slow growth of D.C. patients is not making up for a potential loss of customers to Maryland’s adult-use market which will only grow. 
  • Straight cannabis bud sales (483lbs) fell for the third month straight.
  • Edibles, shake/trim and concentrate all rose in sales. 
  • 4,340 pounds of cannabis waste was destroyed in November. 
  • Over 1,200 patient registrations are set to expire by the end of February.  
  • 2023 patient sales continue to drop from a program high this April when a four year record of over $3.5 million in dispensary sales was hit. 


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