May 17, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index — May 17, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index — Published May 17, 2019

U.S. Cannabis Spot Index up 1.6% to $1,123 per pound. The simple average (non-volume weighted) price increased $23 to $1,236 per pound, with 68% of transactions (one standard deviation) in the $510 to $1,961 per pound range. The average reported deal size increased 7% to 3.3 pounds from 3.1 pounds last week. In grams, the Spot price was $2.48 and the simple average price was $2.72.


The relative frequency of trades for greenhouse flower increased by 2%. The relative frequency of transactions involving outdoor product decreased by the same proportion, while that for deals involving indoor flower was unchanged. Outdoor product’s share of the total documented weight moved nationally grew by 2% this week. The relative volumes of warehouse and greenhouse flower both contracted by 1% compared to last week.  


The U.S. Spot Index rose by 1.6% this week to settle at $1,123 per pound, matching the national average composite rate documented two weeks ago. Rumblings of undesirable inventory in Oregon’s ostensibly oversupplied market and a shrinking pool of licensed cultivators in California appear to be contributing to the modest upswing in national wholesale prices. The Spot Indices of Washington and Nevada are also currently experiencing recoveries after sinking to historic lows for those markets earlier this year. Further upward pressure on supply side rates is originating from smaller medical cannabis markets that are experiencing significant increases in demand in 2019. Still, the U.S. Spot has demonstrated relative steadiness so far this year, underpinned by stability in pricing in California and Colorado, the country’s two largest markets.    

The national volume-weighted price for flower to be sold in adult-use markets once again declined marginally this week, due almost entirely to a decrease in that sector of California’s market. Falling prices in Alaska also provided some downward pressure on the national rate.


Prices for medical product were up this week on rising rates in California, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

June Forward unchanged at $1,035 per pound. The average reported forward deal size was 42 pounds. The proportion of forward deals for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower was 55%, 31%, and 14% of forward arrangements, respectively. The average forward deal sizes for monthly delivery for outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor-grown flower were 36 pounds, 49 pounds, and 48 pounds, respectively.


At $1,035 per pound, the June Forward represents a discount of 7.9% relative to the current U.S. Spot Price of $1,123 per pound. The premium or discount for each Forward price, relative to the U.S. Spot Index, is illustrated in the table below.

Sample Headlines From This Week’s Premium Report:

  • California

  • Review of Cultivation Licensing Data Shows Less Than 1,200 Distinct Growing Operations Now Hold Active, Valid Licenses
  • Colorado

    Total Retail Sales and Revenues from Adult-Use Market Both Reached New Record Highs in March, As State Spot Index Rose Slightly

  • Oregon

  • Retail Sales Revenue and Volume Down Slightly in April, Monthly Spot Index Off by Almost 7% from March
  • Washington

  • State Composite Price Down by 17% Year-Over-Year, But is Up by Over 23% Since Start of 2019
  • Arizona

  • Sales Volume to Patients Climbed to Historic Peak in April; Day of 4/20 Accounted for 10% of Total Monthly Sales

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