Connecticut Recreational Sales Pass Medical for First Time in May

The price of adult-use products remains significantly higher than the price for MMJ.

The newly established adult-use cannabis market in Connecticut appears to have found its footing. Recreational sales inched past medical sales numbers last month for the first time since the market launched in January, according to state data.

Connecticut cannabis shops sold $11.5 million in recreational sales and $11.2 million in medical sales, for a grand total of just under $23 million.

Recreational sales continued their steady upward climb on a monthly basis, while MMJ sales have been dropping since March, despite medical products remaining slightly cheaper.

In May, there were 312,758 medical product units sold, 7% more than the 292,054 recreational units sold, but the price disparity was noticeable: $35.86 for the average medical cannabis product compared to $39.47 for the average rec product, a gap of almost $4.

There’s also still a daily purchase limit for recreational customers of 1/4 ounce of flower (or the equivalent in edibles or concentrates), compared to only a five-ounce monthly limit for registered medical patients, who also have no immediate transaction limit, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.

John Schroyer

John Schroyer has been a reporter since 2006, initially with a focus on politics, and covered the 2012 Colorado campaign to legalize marijuana. He has written about the cannabis industry specifically since 2014, after being on hand for the first-ever legal cannabis sales on New Year’s Day that year in Denver. John has covered subsequent marijuana market launches in California and Illinois, has written about every aspect of the marijuana trade, and was part of the team that built the cannabis industry’s first-ever trade show, MJBizCon. He joined Green Market Report in 2022.


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