The majority of Mainers are obtaining cannabis from legal sources according to a state Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) survey which found that 64% of past-month cannabis consumers have made purchases at licensed retailers, with 36% using unregulated sources.
The survey also found that 6% of respondents who consume cannabis on a monthly basis exclusively use state-approved retailers compared to just 1% that will only use unregulated sources.
The agency also found the state has an oversupply of medical cannabis a year after adult-use sales commenced in the state, where there is about $1 in demand for every $6 of supply; comparatively, there is $1 in demand for every $2 of supply of adult-use cannabis.
The oversupply in Maine’s medical cannabis market is despite the fact that 54% of cannabis consumers who purchase from home-based caregivers don’t have a medical cannabis card and that 33% of consumers who make purchases at medical dispensaries or caregivers with adult-use options also don’t have a medical card.
Among past month’s cannabis users surveyed, 28% said they had “no idea” the typical THC potency of the products they were buying, with 9% of respondents saying their products contained more than 50% THC, 4% said between 35-50%, 11% believing the products contained between 25-35% THC, 20% between 10-15%, 8% between 10-15%, and 4% said their products had less than 10% THC.
Flower was by far the preferred product type among past-month consumers surveyed, with 82% making a flower purchase, followed by edibles (58%), concentrates (41%), drinks (22%), topicals and creams, balms, or sprays (21%), tinctures (17%), lozenges (7%), and other (11%).
OCP Director Erik Gundersen told Mainebiz that the report’s findings “point to policies and practices that promote and preserve public health and safety while allowing legal businesses to compete.”
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