Marijuana Sales Overview -May 2017

The recreational numbers for May 2017 were released by the LCB this weekend.  The total sales of all Washington marijuana companies (producer, processors, and retailers) was $119,847,704.  When you add the additional $27,683,477 in excise tax paid by consumers, a staggering $147,531,181 was the total figure of marijuana sales across the ecosystem.

Even more impressive – this represents a 48.68% increase versus May of 2016.  This is nearly identical to the 48% sales growth in Colorado from March 2016-March 2017 as reported by the Cannabist.

Here is a breakout for WA State cannabis sales:

  • May 2015 total sales $41,623,192
  • May 2016 total sales $99,778,846
  • May 2017 total sales $147,531,181

Producers showed the largest sales growth in the last 12 months with a 75.47% increase in sales from May of 2016.  Processors grew 54.16% and retail sales increased 44.3% over the last year.  Retail still brings in the lion’s share of cash.

Below are interactive reports for retailer/processor/producer. You can slice by county/any month in 2017. For up to date data on the top selling products in WA State, the lemonhaze top charts update every hour. If you are a licensed retailer/processor/producer in WA State, you can get free access to our product catalog.

Retail:

Processor:

Producer:

Endless Scrolling Has Arrived

Thanks to our product team- the marijuana top charts now have endless scrolling. To commemorate this release, we created a movie trailer.

What’s endless scrolling you ask? That’s what all the cool websites are doing today. You start reading a news article someone sent you and the next thing you know- you are on your fifth article on the same page. With no end in sight!

Historically, our top charts pages have been limited to whatever particular chart you clicked on. You eagerly click on the full CBD top charts and all you got were the top 50 cbd products in Washington State. Thereafter, if you wanted to see more top brands + products, you would have to click on the BACK button. OMG. Back button. So 2014.

With endless scrolling, no more back buttons. BABY DON’T GOT BACK. Y’all can scroll through 450 top selling products in one fell swoop.

For all you tech geeks out there- this has feature parity on both desktop and mobile. Have fun exploring.

Marijuana Cloud Wars: Microsoft vs. Amazon

If you want to buy recreational weed during work hours on your commute home- Amazon beats out Microsoft by a foot long. Maybe that’s a good thing according to the New York Times.

Marijuana and tech go back millions of years- to the time when dinosaurs were using IM while puffing on joints. Today, the Seattle area is home to major tech titans. We were curious to see the proximity of legal weed shops to Amazon & Microsoft headquarters. Specifically, how many weed shops are in the vicinity of MSFT & AMZN corporate offices?

Because traffic is getting real up in Seattle – we limited the stores to a 2.5 mile radius. The distance of 2.5 miles would be the equivalent to a half-hour lunch-break stroll or ninety-minutes in snarling downtown traffic.

Amazon currently has twelve (12) marijuana shops in its 2.5 mile radius. To put that into perspective, that’s eleven 11 more store locations than Amazon Go. Microsoft has *only* 5 weed stores in its 2.5 mile radius.

Below is an interactive map featuring all the local Fortune 500 Companies and the corresponding ganja depots nearby. (Costco for e.g. has but a single marijuana mart within 2.5 miles, which is why I could never work there…)

Some questions to ruminate over:
1) How crazy is it that Amazon is annihilating has annihilated the retail industry – yet there is an explosive retail sector within their backyard that they have yet to touch?

2) Do you reckon this would be a compelling stat for Amazon recruiters? (Yes- it can get intense around here…but did you know how many weed stores we have next to HQ??)

3) When can we expect to get our weed delivered via Amazon Prime Air?

4) What’s really going in those Amazon Greenhouses?

Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 4.23.03 PM

P.S. There is some funkiness with hyperlinks within the Tableau embed. We apologize. Embedding Tableau into the blog is a vexing task – so much so – that we need to inhale some THC to recover from the process. 

Unboxing a $420 Cannagar (cannabis + cigar)

If you are looking for the ultimate bachelorette party accouplement –  seek no further. We have arrived. Meet LEIRA Cannagars, the most expensive cannabis cigar available in Washington State.

We bought this product at Two Five Trees in Tacoma. The cannagar packs 17 grams of marijuana and is infused/glazed with rosin. According to the budtender – this thing can burn for 5 hours long.

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 1.54.56 PM

Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 1.55.18 PM

IMG_5999

A few takeaways from the experience:
1) with all the pulling- the cannagar tends to get slobbered on. Therefore, we recommend partaking of this beast *only* with people you are comfortable with mutual slobberisms.

2) if buyers remorse kicks in- do not fear. Take five-hundred puffs or so on the cannagar and you will feel all better.

3) this is NOT a joint. A standard lighter/match will not do the trick. Your best bet is to procure a dragon to exhale fire-breath and get this lit!

4) you need a cigar cutter to lop off the head. this is a circumcision ceremony of sorts. Mazal tov!

5) if you are not drawing a salary at work, best not to disclose this discretionary purchase to the spouse.

 

There are more recreational pot shops than Starbucks in Oregon

Chalk this up as another reason to move to Oregon. According to the latest and greatest insights for Team Lemonhaze, there are currently more recreational weed stores in Oregon than there are Starbucks.

If you recall, which you probably do not if you smoke weed and have short term memory loss, Washington State has more Starbucks than weed shops. The tally in Washington State is: 745 team Starbucks to 357 team weed. Btw, we do not judge you for the short term memory loss you are experiencing as a result of cannabis consumption. In fact, we have a lot more to say on this matter and if/when we remember exactly what it is, we will share it on the blog.

According to our analysis, there are 368 recreational weed stores in Oregon versus 351 Starbucks shops. Below is an interactive report that breaks down:
1) pot shops vs. Starbucks by county in Oregon State
2) household income by county

FYI, there was an article written in 2015 stating that Oregon has 248 Starbucks to 269 weed shops. A few things to note: our report is NOT looking at medical dispensaries. We are solely counting recreational stores. The 2015 article is based on medical dispensaries.

Our source for recreational shop count is based on the State of Oregon site. You can download a PDF or Excel of marijuana licensed retailers. While the unique count for active + recreational stores is 441, notice that a bunch of the Oregon locations have multiple cannabis licenses attached to them. Wherever multiple licenses were associated with the same address/name/Latitude and Longitude, we rolled them into a single location.

Second, the article said there were 248 Starbucks in Oregon. However, if you check SBUX corp site, it lists Oregon as having 349 total Starbucks for FY 2016. (198 co-operated + 151 licensed.) For Starbucks locations, we utilized this open source resource.  (The difference between our 351 count & Starbucks 349 puts us at 99.4% accuracy, which is not bad for stoners. As to the discrepancy of 349 to 351, we think this can be attributed with mall/Teavana locations.)

Introducing the Top CBD Charts

In conjunction with Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, we have published the top charts for cbd products.  Like the rest of our other top charts, this list features the top 50 selling cbd products in Washington State. Updated hourly. By units sold in last 7 days.

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 4.59.35 PM.png

This chart contains cbd products across multiple categories, including edibles, cartridges, pre-rolls, breath slips. It was fascinating to us to see all the ways people are consuming CBD.

What does marijuana cbd have to do with mother’s day? Because we think cbd is the perfect mother’s day gift. Each year, mom’s receive the same lame gifts such as yachts, chandeliers, baby jaguars & roller blades. But do they really need all of that?

Mother’s deserve something much better this year. A substance. A legal one. Not one that will induce a stoner effect. Keep the THC for yourself. CBD though will give mom a relaxing and chill body high.

 

 

Tasteless Strains

One thing is for certain, cannabis culture loves its strains.  From the heirloom and landrace strains like Acapulco Gold and Afghani through to staples in today’s legal market like Blue Dream and Green Crack, cannabis culture produces new strains every day.  Like a baseball fan discussing decades of player statistics, the extreme cannabis enthusiasts can explain in detail the complicated and sometimes mind boggling lineage and genetics that make up your favorite strain; and usually the only ones who argue with these enthusiasts, are other enthusiasts.  Ask 10 master growers a question and you will receive 11 correct answers.  But let’s not go making fun of all the self-proclaimed experts just yet, this is not an easy thing to keep straight. Take a look at the picture below showing the lineage that makes up the strain Emerald City, crazy, right?

wtf

https://cannafo.com

Cannabis growers are always searching for the next best strain, the perfect hybrid.  These strains are named by breeders, geneticists, home gardeners and now marketers for legal cannabis businesses.  The names have always varied from clever, to creative, to funny, to downright stupid.  They will sometimes have a geographic tag like 707 Headband (707 is the area code in California it was developed in) or a nod to the breeder like DJ Short’s Blueberry.  Often there is a semantic trail to follow, parts and pieces of parentage-strains dropped like breadcrumbs leading you down a relativist path of free association like White Fire Alien, Critical Banana Headband and all the strains ending with Wreck.

Now that we have legal cannabis we also must consider the effects of marketing, patenting and trademarking of a number of strains crowding the shelves at your local shop.  Think of how many strains, with only the slightest variance from a predecessor, can be claimed, named and made proprietary by a cannabis business.  I am certain that over time certain benchmark strains will remain to become the hooks on which all varieties will be hung (like Chardoney and Malbec), but in the meantime, get ready for a lot more crazy and ridiculous strains to show up, even if only once.

Lemonhaze.com decided to dive into the sea of over 10,000 strains available in the market.  As we have combed over these names some have stood out.  Not for their charm, appeal or creativity but rather the “WTF were you thinking?!” reaction we had at the office.  Below is a short list of strain names that we find particularly abhorrent, and we urge those growing them to strongly consider name changes:

6. Donkey Dick- not the worst, I suppose. Kind of tickles the seventh-grade humorist in all of us and begs to be said aloud in the best douche-bag accent you can muster. As a mid-thirties adult, however, I feel like even if this strain were amazing, the credibility in saying so is diminished by its tag.

5. Cheesy Dick– Ok, I know this is a cross between a cheese strain and Moby Dick, but couldn’t you have come up with a better combo? Well maybe it’s my fault, maybe I am the twisted one. Maybe this name was meant to conjure up images of a bad joke-teller named Richard. Maybe, but is that what you want us thinking about when we smoke your baby, your perfect strain?  Hmm, I want to relax, what’s a good Indica?  “I know, I’ll smoke some Cheesy Dick!”  Thank God, they didn’t call it Dick Cheese.

4. Dog Shit– Well if that’s what you think of it, why should I try it?

3. Cat Piss– See above!

2. Frog Fart- Yup, you read correctly, Frog fart. I am gpoison_fart_frog_by_kryptidoing to let that one sink in for a second. Sounds like something you would exclaim: I want to inhale some Frog Fart! No further explanation needed.

1. Green River Killer– This is a rare and proprietary strain. It just sits wrong.  I understand the marketing shock value and everything, but is it necessary?

Stay tuned for further ridiculous, tasteless and crass strain names as we discover them.