Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management report finds 381 dispensaries are needed to meet resident consumer demand
Minnesota residents have a higher consumption rate than the national average, according to a state report that suggests the Land of 10,000 Lakes will need a “robust market for cannabis related businesses” and “no less than 381” dispensaries.
The Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management report details the findings of a survey it commissioned to outline resident consumer demand and compare it with similar surveys conducted in other adult-use states. According to the survey, the average resident consumer obtained nearly an ounce, 24.8 grams, of cannabis in the past month, which it reports as “slightly higher than the national average” but similar to rates in Michigan and Missouri. Among the survey participants, 83% said they would consume once a month and 40% said they consume daily. More than half the respondents said they have used an alternative cannabinoid, such as Delta-8 THC or CBD, in the past month, and 25% cultivate an average of two cannabis plants at home.
State regulations mandate local governments to allow at least one cannabis retail store for every 12,500 residents and the report’s evaluations of city populations found that at least 381 retail cannabis stores would be needed in the state, however, state regulators can allow for additional retail locations if needed. With a population of about 5.7 million, that number would put Minnesota far below states like Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico in terms of dispensaries per capita, but above limited license states like Arizona, Maryland and Missouri.