June 14, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index — June 14, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index — Published June 14, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index up 0.4% to $1,256 per pound.


The simple average (non-volume weighted) price increased $13 to $1,445 per pound, with 68% of transactions (one standard deviation) in the $619 to $2,270 per pound range. The average reported deal size increased to 2.7 pounds from 2.6 pounds last week. In grams, the Spot price was $2.77 and the simple average price was $3.18.


The relative frequency of trades for outdoor flower increased by 2% week-over-week. The relative frequency of transactions involving greenhouse product decreased by the same proportion, while that for deals for indoor flower was unchanged. Outdoor product’s share of the total documented weight moved nationally also expanded by 2% this week. The relative volume of greenhouse flower contracted by the same proportion, while that for warehouse flower was unchanged.   


The U.S. Spot Index rose by 0.4% this week to settle at $1,256 per pound, establishing a new year-to-date peak for the fourth consecutive week. All four of the major Western markets – California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – saw upticks in their composite prices this week. Positive trends in rates for outdoor flower in California and Oregon continued to lift the Spot Indices of those states, while volume-weighted prices for greenhouse product in Colorado and Washington rose to year-to-date highs. In contrast to last year at this time, upward price pressure on the national average is also originating from Massachusetts, Michigan, and Nevada. Massachusetts’ young adult-use market generated over $30 million in retail sales in both April and May, as we expand upon further below, after opening in late November last year. 

The national volume-weighted price for flower to be sold to general consumers jumped this week on increases in every functioning adult-use market except for Nevada, which saw only a slight decrease. Prices for medical flower were down this week, mainly on declines in California and Arizona.

July Forward assessed up $75 to $1,200 per pound.


The average reported forward deal size was 48 pounds. The proportion of forward deals for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower was 56%, 28%, and 16% of forward arrangements, respectively. The average forward deal sizes for monthly delivery for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower were 41 pounds, 51 pounds, and 64 pounds, respectively.


At $1,200 per pound, the July Forward represents a discount of 4.4% relative to the current U.S. Spot Price of $1,256 per pound. The premium or discount for each Forward price, relative to the U.S. Spot Index, is illustrated in the table below.


Headlines From This Week’s Premium Report:

  • California

  • Monthly Average Prices in Adult-Use Sector Declined in each Month from January through May, But Weekly Rates for Recreational Flower Are on the Rise Recently
  • Colorado

    Retail Sales Declined in April, While State Spot Index Stabilized to Close the Month After Early Declines

  • Oregon

  • State Spot Index Jumps to New Annual Peak, Settling Above $700 Per Pound for First Time in 2019
  • Washington

  • Composite Price Climbs to Year-to-Date High on Rising Rates for Indoor and Greenhouse Flower
  • Massachusetts

  • Adult-Use Retail Demand and Production Both Increased Significantly in May, as Wholesale Prices Declined by Small Margins
  • Illinois

  • Retail Medical Cannabis Sales Reached New Record High for Fourth Straight Month in May, Up by Almost 90% Year-Over-Year

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