By Hunter Dublin | Jan. 6, 2023
Malheur County in Oregon continued to dominate the state's cannabis sales in 2022, despite a 6.4% decrease in overall sales compared to 2021.
With $104 million in sales for the year, this amounted to an impressive $3,243 in cannabis sold per capita of the county's population - a full three times higher than second-place Curry County's $427 per capita.
Despite this impressive performance, the reign of Malheur County as Oregon’s top pot spot may be coming to an end with other states, such as Idaho and Wasco County, having increasingly strict regulations on cannabis sales and consumption. Nevertheless, Hood River County was able to jump from seventh to fifth in the per capita rankings despite a narrow 2% decrease in sales from 2021. It is clear that the legal cannabis industry in Oregon remains an ever-changing and dynamic market.
As such, more research needs to be done to understand the implications of these decreasing sales on Malheur County's reign as Oregon’s top pot spot, as well as the impact of cannabis regulations across different states on the industry's overall performance. Additionally, further analysis should be done to assess whether or not there is a potential for other counties in Oregon to overtake Malheur County in the future and become top spots for legal pot sales.
While it may take some time before the full effects of these changes are seen, it is clear that cannabis regulations and sales in Oregon remain an ever-changing landscape. It remains to be seen who will come out on top as the state's leading pot spot going forward.