Editor's Note
This article details data from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division's 2017 annual report that shows the growth of adult-use cannabis sales outpacing sales of medical cannabis. The gap between adult-use sales and medical sales grew from 24 percent in January 2017 to 44 percent in December. Adult-use licenses accounted for 77 percent of the new business licenses issued in 2017 and 38 percent of these new business licenses were issued to adult-use cultivators. A total of 104,879 packages were submitted for mandatory retail tests in 2017 and 41,140 individual packages were submitted for microbial contaminant testing.
The margin between overall sales of adult-use marijuana and medical marijuana grew steadily through 2017 in Colorado, according to  new data from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division released Friday.

The margin between overall sales of marijuana flower between the adult-use industry (a new term used by the MED this year in lieu of “retail”) and the medical industry went from 24 percent in January to 44 percent in December.

There were also discrepancies between the adult-use and medical industries in the amounts of edibles and concentrates sold in 2017. Medical edible sales were down 14 percent between January and December, while adult-use edible sales jumped 29 percent over that time period.