Cannacurio: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard (July 2020 Update)


Through July 2020 new dispensaries and retailers continue to enter the marketplace. So far this year we have tracked 781. Those licenses represent an 11% increase from the 6,927 at the beginning of the year. 21 states have added at least one active license this year. Oklahoma still retains the lead and has accounted for 261 of the 781 (33%).

Key Findings

  • Oklahoma leads again with 261 new licenses
  • Michigan came in second with 182 new licenses – up 80% since January 1
  • California is third with 70 new licenses

2020 New Active Dispensaries/Retailers By Month

Michigan continues to issue licenses at a healthy clip. They accounted for 40 of the 93 (43%) issued nationwide in July.

Michigan Dispensary/Retailer Licenses Added 2020


Thanks to being certified as essential businesses, cannabis retailers and dispensaries continue to thrive. The table above shows that six of the states (Oklahoma, Michigan, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Illinois) have all added new stores in their states every month this year. Even mature markets like Oregon, Colorado and Washington have brought new licenses online. It will be interesting to see what kinds of license schemes are developed when new states pass referendums in November – will they opt for Oklahama’s free-for-all or Rhode Island’s $500K per license model?

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Ed Keating

Ed Keating is a co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Cannabiz Media and oversees our data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products over the last twenty five years.  During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he has led marketing, product management and sales organizations.  These companies include Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House, CT Corporation, EDGAR Online and Business & Legal Reports. At Cannabiz Media Ed enjoys the challenge of working with regulators across the globe as he and his team gather corporate, financial, and license information to track the people, products and businesses in the cannabis economy. Ed graduated from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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