Simply barely higher than a coin toss! Yikes. That’s how effectively Leafly Information predicted the long run, as written in 2020.

For apparent causes, everybody’s best-laid plans bought swept into historical past’s junk drawer—subsequent to garden darts, and people Easter Island statues.

Our most correct 2020 predictions have been each pessimistic and optimistic.

  • The sclerotic US Senate stymying descheduling. Boo.
  • Frickin’ legalization within the Dakotas. Wowza.

Final yr, Leafly Information made about 40 predictions: 22 got here true; 18 didn’t, and 4 have been inconclusive. That equals a 54.3% accuracy charge for 2020, down from 68% for 2019. We’ve been humbled.

Take our 2021 predictions with a gram of sativa—it’s time to see deep into the 4th dimension.

Hashish strains & merchandise predictions

New stores and supply providers serve extra authorized customers in additional locations than ever earlier than; with five-ish new states establishing applications.

No pressure surprises right here: continued cultivar crossings of Cakes, and Gelato offspring like Runtz. And the Apples development matures.

Uncommon cannabinoids advance in edibles: your CBG, your CBN, your Delta-8’s. … Folks gotta neuro-hack 2021.

Keep an eye out for Compound Genetics' ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas, sold via Cookies. (David Downs/Leafly)
Hold a watch out for Compound Genetics’ ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas, offered through Cookies. (David Downs/Leafly)

Mainstream celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow take even greater stakes in tame life-style corporations like CANN.

Hashish lounges are gonna be a tricky ask coming off 2020’s pandemic restrictions. Don’t search for any to open till we’ve got widespread coronavirus vaccine entry in mid to late 2021.

CBD will march alongside, profitable adherents attributable to its effectiveness. There’ll be new charlatans, scandals, and Massive Pharma merchandise.


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We gained’t see a broad crackdown on CBD gross sales, however the FDA will proceed to censor CBD corporations for medical claims.

The FDA’s long-awaited guidelines on CBD will probably be delayed by the changeover in administration, with Biden appointees taking a tough have a look at the Trump crew’s progress in 2020. Search for the discharge of the principles in late 2021.

Pot costs planning

We anticipate retail cannabis flower prices to stay robust in mature markets, amid heavy demand and constrained provides in 2021.

In newly-opened states like Missouri the sky-high early-days costs will step by step fall to seek out their pure degree as provide begins to meet up with demand.

Federal reform forecasting

We anticipate Congress to go extra federal medical hashish reform, like permitting better analysis.

The 2 Georgia Senate races will probably be a 1-1 tie, with Republicans retaining the only seat they should maintain management of the Senate.

In Congress, the Home will re-introduce and go the MORE Act, however the Senate, with Mitch McConnell nonetheless in command, will proceed to block consideration of the federal legalization invoice.

The Home will go a federal hashish enterprise banking aid invoice in 2021. McConnell will block it within the Senate.

Federal descheduling is not going to occur in 2021. Show us fallacious, America. We will do higher.

State-level soothsaying

Federal change nearly at all times percolates up from the states. Wethink the New York State Legislature, shamed by New Jersey’s transfer to legalize hashish for grownup use in 2020 (and occupied with all that NY tax cash going to NJ), will lastly go a marijuana legalization invoice this yr.

The Connecticut Legislature will contemplate and go a restricted type of legalization this yr. Search for speedy decriminalization however a long-delayed rollout of precise hashish gross sales.

The state of New Mexico’s legislature will contemplate adult-use legalization, and 2021’s the yr. You are able to do it, New Mexico! Get that tax income.

With an enormous push from the governor and lieutenant governor, the Pennsylvania Legislature will wrestle with a legalization invoice all through the session, however 2021’s not the yr. Search for its passage in 2022.


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The Maryland Legislature will contemplate legalization, however 2021’s not the yr. The considerations of the federal authorities paperwork situated in Maryland will show to be a heavy drag on reform.

Equity programs will unfold and get higher, accompanied by the emergence of a cottage trade of equity-enabling companies.

Because the pandemic recedes, new tobacco and hashish vape laws will advance to the fore once more. Particularly, we are going to see extra local-level vape taste bans. Additionally, state-level THC vape testing gets tighter.

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Vape gadgets present process exams inside a Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) laboratory. (Courtesy of Lauren Bishop/CDC)

Enterprise outlook

Hashish funding cratered in 2020, accomplished in by the double-whammy of the Canadian legalization letdown and the coronavirus. In 2021, buyers will return, buoyed by the eye-popping 65% increase in 2020 hashish gross sales throughout the US. (Sure, hashish is a recession-proof and pandemic-proof trade.)

Florida, with a medical-only trade, will overtake adult-use Washington and Colorado to develop into the nation’s second-largest authorized hashish market, trailing solely California.

With the American inventory exchanges nonetheless tough to crack due to federal prohibition, we’ll see extra SPAC-driven investments like Jay-Z’s and REIT lease-backs.

2021 will see the rise of long-term, steady-growth, homegrown corporations like Cookies and Viola. Huge investment-driven enlargement and splashy nationwide advertising campaigns are so 2019. 

Worldwide inclinations

Aquaponic rising at Habitat’s BC facility. Courtesy Habitat Life Craft Hashish.

It will get higher in Canada in 2021. The businesses that may survive already made the onerous choices to shed their empty develop services and overproduction downside in 2020. Higher boutique growers supplant the snickle-fritz pumped out at sure mediocre mega-grows.

In Mexico, federal reforms will eclipse the US, however a authorized adult-use retail market gained’t pop up in a single day. The gradual tempo of reform will frustrate advocates.

And that’s it for Leafly Information’ mind-meld with the long run. As at all times, the long run is what you make it. … And after 2020, we recommend making it a double.

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Bruce Barcott and David Downs

Bruce Barcott is Leafly’s deputy editor and the creator of ‘Weed the Folks: The Way forward for Authorized Marijuana in America.’ David Downs is Leafly’s California bureau chief and the creator of ‘Past Buds’ and ‘The Medical Marijuana Guidebook.’

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