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Marijuana industry report for May: Retailers keep growing, producers hold steady

Marijuana retailers in Spokane County continued their upward climb, with a 20 percent increase in sales last month over a successful April despite no new shops reporting sales.

From plant to consumer, the legal pot industry in Spokane County was responsible for about $6 million in revenue in May, as producers reported a modest increase in sales and producers remained steady. Numbers released by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board show the fledgling legal marijuana market shows no signs of slowing down as the state approaches the one year anniversary of legal sales.

Greenlight on Trent Avenue continued its dominance of the local retail market, setting a new monthly record in sales previously held by inaugural store Spokane Green Leaf. Greenlight reported $602,000 in sales last month, the first store to eclipse the $600K mark in sales for a month. That was good enough for sixth among the state's 145 stores reporting sales in May.

A chart of legal marijuana sales in Spokane County

Producers continued to post far less in revenue than their counterparts in the packaging and sales portions of the supply chain. Outdoor growers likely won't be harvesting until fall, meaning that the majority of those producers reporting sales are doing so from indoor operations. D & L Enterprises, a Tier 3 operation that allows up to 30,000 square feet of plant canopy, had the most sales among Spokane County producers with $16,665 in May, according to Liquor and Cannabis Board figures.

Sales reported by marijuana producers in Spokane County

Marijuana processors reported lower revenues in May than in April. Fifty processors reported sales last month, with Grow Op Farms continuing its dominance of the market, though its revenues were far less than the nearly $1 million that filled the tills in April.

Revenue reported by marijuana processors in Spokane County




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Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk covering City Hall, Congressional politics and the marijuana industry. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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