Slightly more than half – 52% – of cannabis consumers in adult-use markets use dispensaries as their primary source of cannabis products, according to a report released last week by New Frontier Data. Thirty-seven percent of cannabis consumers in medical-only states primarily get their cannabis from dispensaries, along with 29% of those in states where cannabis is illegal for any purpose, the report says.
Just 16% of respondents in adult-use states get their cannabis primarily from a friend, along with 26% of cannabis consumers in medical-only states, and 31% of those who live in a state where cannabis remains outlawed.
Another 17% of respondents living in adult-use states said they primarily used delivery services, along with 14% of those in medical-only states, and 12% who live in an illicit state.
Only 6% of respondents who live in a legal state rely primarily on a “dealer,” along with 12% of those that live in a medical-only state, and 17% of those who live in a state where cannabis is illegal.
The use of dispensaries among all cannabis consumers in 2023 rose 9% from the previous New Frontier report examining where individuals were making their purchases. The overall percentage (29%) of those getting their cannabis from friends and family remained unchanged, while the use of delivery declined from 18% in 2022 to 15% this year, while the use of dealers also fell 3% from 13% to 10%, according to the report.
The report notes that 74% of the total U.S. population currently lives in a state with either adult or medical use cannabis access.
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