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The populations of the 17 states that legal recreational cannabis and Washington DC have continued to grow over the past decade, a good sign for these markets in terms of potential marijuana users.

According to an analysis of 2020 population data released last week by the US Census Bureau, US population growth has slowed to depression levels.

The slowdown has been attributed to recent immigration restrictions, an aging population, and overall lower birth rates.

The data underscores how all businesses, including cannabis companies, need to be mindful of the country’s changing demographics, with the South and West continuing to outperform the East and Midwest in terms of population growth.

The census data also has an impact on the political make-up of Congress, with states using adults combined recording a net loss of one member of the House of Representatives.

From 2010 to 2020, the total population of the United States grew 7.4%, or 22.7 million.

The 18 jurisdictions where recreational marijuana is legal – including Washington DC – grew slightly slower, but together grew 6.3% and accounted for about 8 million of the country’s total population growth.

Nevada saw the highest rate of growth, increasing 15% over the past decade, adding about 400,000 people.

California’s population only grew 6.1%, but that’s another 2.2 million people over the past 10 years.

Western states topped the list of numerical gains, with Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington accounting for more than 60% of the population growth in markets where adult marijuana is legal.

Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York contributed 1.8 million people to the east coast’s growth.

Illinois was the only recreational marijuana state to see a slight decline, losing 0.1% of its population, or about 18,000 people.

While population growth will be good news for the fast-growing marijuana industry in these states, population growth in the US has actually slowed.

The latest census figures show the slowest U.S. growth since the decade that saw the Great Depression of 1930-40.

Marijuana states that reported record growth rates for 2000-10 – such as Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico – slowed by as much as 20 percentage points this time.

California growth slowed 3 percentage points from 9.1% between the 2020 and 2010 censuses.

Given that immigration is a major driver of population growth and this policy is passed by Congress, it is difficult to say whether the slowdown will continue in the next decade.

Currently, however, states allowing adult marijuana use continue to grow – albeit not as quickly as in the past.

2020 census for marijuana states and DC for adults

Status 2020 population State population rank Percentage change compared to 2010 Numerical change compared to 2010 Change of seat in Congress
Alaska 733,391 48 3.3 23,160 0
Arizona 7,151,502 14th 11.9 759.485 0
California 39,538,223 1 6.1 2,284,267 -1
Colorado 5,773,714 21 14.8 744.518 1
District of Columbia 689,545 n / A 14.6 87,822 n / A
Illinois 12,812,508 6th -0.1 -18.124 -1
Maine 1,362,359 42 2.6 33,998 0
Massachusetts 7,029,917 fifteen 7.4 482.288 0
Michigan 10,077,331 10 2 193,691 -1
Montana 1,084,225 44 9.6 94,810 1
Nevada 3,104,614 32 fifteen 404.063 0
New Jersey 9,288,994 11 5.7 497.100 0
New Mexico 2,117,522 36 2.8 58,343 0
new York 20,201,249 4th 4.2 823.147 -1
Oregon 4,237,256 27 10.6 406.182 1
South Dakota 886.667 46 8.9 72.487 0
Vermont 643.077 49 2.8 17,336 0
Washington 7,705,281 13th 14.6 980.741 0

The US Census Bureau had to release these first population figures from the 2020 census to determine the breakdown.

The split is shuffling the 435 electoral seats in the US house.

Each state is given a set number of seats based on its population after the census is completed every 10 years.

Recreational marijuana states had a net loss from one rep for redistribution.

Three states each received a seat:

Four each lost a seat:

  • California
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • new York

Time will tell the effects of these changes.

States will now redraw the boundaries of Congress based on the new population, a process that can be controversial depending on the party controlling the process.

Of the 17 states where recreational cannabis is legal, only one is fully controlled by Republicans, who traditionally oppose the legalization of marijuana.

The remaining states are controlled by Democrats or independent commissions or have joint party control.

Andrew Long can be contacted at [email protected].

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