Sales of adult-use marijuana in Missouri set a new monthly record in December, capping off total cannabis sales for all of 2023 amounting to more than $1.3 billion.
Recreational cannabis purchases last month totaled $106.5 million, shattering the state’s previous $98.7 million record set in July.
Since cannabis sales to adults 21 and older began in February of last year, Missouri has recorded nearly $1.04 billion in total adult-use sales.
The all-time total recorded cannabis sales in Missouri, including medical and adult-use sales, now sits at $1.94 billion, according to the most recent available data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’s Division of Cannabis Regulation.
Medical marijuana sales, meanwhile, have slowed over the year. They came in at $16.8 million in December—close to the lowest monthly amount in 2023 and far less than the $40.3 million in sales that dispensaries saw a year earlier.
As in many states, medical sales have slipped as adult-use stores open more widely. The number of enrolled patients and caregivers in Missouri’s medical marijuana system has also fallen during the state’s first year of legal sales to adults. As of last month there were 106,627 registered patients currently in the program—down from 204,165 a year earlier.
As the state approaches the first anniversary of legal adult-use sales, officials are still working to make accompanying changes to the criminal justice system. Earlier this month, state…