Large Cannabis Surplus Drives Down Oregon's Prices

Aug 9, 2018

Oregon has more cannabis than it can sell, and that’s causing prices to plummet. That from an industry firm tracking cannabis trends. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Bagged cannabis.
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Economists with New Frontier Data in Washington D.C. say there was half a million pounds of excess marijuana grown in Oregon last year. And with no way to export the surplus legally, wholesalers are dramatically slashing prices.

Chief Knowledge Officer John Kagia says when marijuana was first legalized in Oregon, outdoor pot could run between $1200 to $1500 a pound…and indoor pot between $2500 to $3000 a pound.  

“I recently spoke to a retailer in Oregon, he had found “fire sale” deals, about 50 pounds at $150 a pound," Kagia tells KLCC. " This is a very, very dramatic reduction from where we were 12 months ago, and the concern is that with this excess inventory, that trend is going to continue.” 

New Frontier Data says it’ll take up to 18 months for Oregon’s cannabis market to clear its surplus inventory. In that time, many businesses will likely sell their licenses or shutter.

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