In 2016, Oregon legalized the unrestricted production of marijuana, and since then, the state has experienced a prolific surplus of products. While this has been great for consumers, it has harmed the industry. Marijuana prices have plummeted to record lows, with the market at its weakest economic position. This article explores the current state of the marijuana industry in Oregon, the impact of unrestricted production licenses, and the future implications for the industry.
How Marijuana Prices In Oregon Became So High
The unrestricted production of marijuana in Oregon has led to a significant increase in the supply of both medical and recreational marijuana. As a result, prices have been dropping continuously since 2016. According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the wholesale price for a pound of marijuana decreased from nearly $2,000 in 2017 to around $500 in 2023. This has affected businesses’ profitability and led to cutthroat competition in Beaver State.
The Impact Of Unrestricted Production Licenses
The availability of unrestricted production licenses has led to a saturated market, which has caused marijuana prices to decline significantly. With more than 2,000 licensed businesses in the state, the supply of marijuana has exceeded the demand. This has left many growers with unsold inventory and little or no profit. The situation has been exacerbated by the fact that the state only recently stopped issuing new licenses, meaning that there are still many businesses in operation, further increasing the supply of marijuana.
The Current State Of Marijuana Prices In Oregon
The oversupply of marijuana has resulted in a price drop, affecting both medical and recreational marijuana. As of March 2023, the average retail price of a gram of recreational marijuana was $5.70, while the average retail price of a gram of medical marijuana was $4.10. This is significantly lower than in neighboring states, such as Washington and Colorado, where recreational marijuana prices are around $10 per gram.
The Impact On Cannabis Businesses
The oversupply of marijuana has significantly impacted businesses in the industry. Many companies have been forced to leave the market, stop growing, or go out of business altogether. The oversupply has led to a drop in prices, reducing the profit margins of these businesses and making it challenging to compete in the market. The impact has been felt throughout the industry, affecting growers, processors, and retailers.
The oversupply has led to many companies struggling to stay afloat in the market. Many small businesses have been hit the hardest, unable to compete with larger companies with more significant financial resources
The oversupply of marijuana products is unlikely to change in the short term, given the number of licensed businesses in the industry. This could lead to a decline in the quality of products and a further drop in prices. However, the industry is likely to stabilize in the long run, unfortunately after many businesses will leave the market or go out of business.
One possible solution is for the state to control the number of licensed businesses in the industry. This would reduce the oversupply of marijuana products and increase prices, making it more profitable for businesses in the industry. Another solution is for businesses to focus on producing high-quality products, which could help them compete in the market.
The situation is unlikely change in the short term, and other states will experience similar issues.
The plummeting marijuana prices in Oregon have caused a ripple effect on the industry, with companies leaving the market, stifling potential growth, or going out of business altogether. While the situation is not unique to Oregon, other states are likely to face similar challenges as unrestricted production licenses continue to create a surplus of products.
However, the situation is not entirely hopeless, and possible solutions such as limiting the number of licenses issued or promoting exports could help revive the market. It’s up to the industry and the policymakers to find a way to sustain the market and ensure the long-term success of the cannabis industry.
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