Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay Behind the Thriving Marijuana Black Market It isn’t a mystery why black market marijuana is thriving in California. The state also has the largest marijuana black market in the world. With that, the state became the largest legal marijuana market in the world, according to date from BDS Analytics. Instead, the black market is feeding illegal sales in states where recreational sales remain illegal, according to Politico. Halfway through 2019, black market sales were projected to reach $8.7 billion in California, according to the LA Times.
An increased tax on flower has forced legally operating dispensaries to increase their prices, which makes it hard for them to compete with the black market.
In California, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996. In 2018, recreational use became legal in the state as well. With that, the state became the largest legal marijuana market in the world, according to date from BDS Analytics.
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