Albertans spent more on legal cannabis than any other province last year.
Alberta accounted for 38 per cent of Canada’s legal recreational and medical cannabis sales despite having less than 12 per cent of the country’s population – totalling about $289 million – according to a new report from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.
The report provides the first province-by-province sales breakdown since legalization, using data from Health Canada and Statistics Canada.
“The main reason is 2.5 per cent of the population has a medical card. That’s more than any other province by far, and actually more than almost any U.S. state has ever seen,” said Tom Adams, managing director and principal analyst with BDS Analytics.
Alberta’s 106, 378 medical cannabis patients dropped roughly $256 million throughout 2018, according to the report. That’s even more than Ontario, where 172,406 patients spent $241 million on medical cannabis.
But Alberta also had the highest recreational sales, with about $33 million spent on cannabis from the Oct. 17 legalization date until the end of December. That also edges out Ontario, which has more than three times Alberta’s population but spent about $29 million on recreational weed.