Cannabis Growing Market

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This study analyzes US demand for cannabis growing supplies by product, market, growing location, growing system type, and US state. Growing supplies demand is reported in value terms (US dollars) at the manufacturers’ level. Cannabis production volume (in dry pounds) and value (US dollars) at the grower level are also reported.

Cannabis Growing

Cannabis Production

Production volumes and values in this report cover only the dry weight of usable cannabis plant and exclude the value of downstream processing.

Reported cannabis production numbers in this study refer to:

  • all marijuana and hemp (i.e., cannabis containing 0.3% or less THC) produced by known and/or licensed (annual and temporary) commercial cultivators, whether or not that marijuana ends up on the black market (e.g., sold out of state)
  • marijuana grown legally by individuals at home

While a significant portion of marijuana produced by these growers is eventually sold through illicit channels, these volumes are included to avoid significant underreporting in the marijuana growing supplies market. This is particularly important for California – by far the country’s leading marijuana producer – where only about 20% of local production is sold legally within the state.

Excluded from this report are:

  • marijuana and hemp grown by unknown and unrecorded operations
  • marijuana grown illegally by individuals at home
  • cannabis illegally imported into the US and sold on the black market

Cannabis Growing Supplies

Cannabis growing supplies demand is segmented by consumables and equipment. Consumables used for growing cannabis include:

  • seeds and clones (i.e., cuttings)
  • growing media (including soilless types)
  • fertilizers and nutrient solutions
  • other consumables (e.g., pesticides, fungicides, geotextiles, cleaning chemicals, gloves and aprons, carbon filters)

Equipment covered in this study:

  • water tanks, irrigation equipment, and hydroponic systems (e.g., plastic water storage tanks and reservoirs; flood and drain tables; hoses, irrigation pipes, and drip irrigation systems; hydroponic system components such as grow modules, reservoirs, pumps, plastic tubing, and other associated hardware)
  • fans and HVAC equipment (e.g., industrial and commercial fans; consumer personal fans; cooling and drying systems; dehumidifiers; air cleaners and purifiers; pumps, duct silencers, and other HVAC system parts and accessories)
  • security equipment (e.g., cameras, motion detectors, video surveillance equipment, access control systems)
  • lighting systems and replacement bulbs (e.g., LED, CFL, HID lamps and bulbs)
  • pots and planters (e.g., standard plastic, ceramic, and metal pots with saucers for catching water runoff; growing trays, boxes, and baskets; fabric pots and grow bags; air pots; hemp buckets)
  • harvesting and trimming equipment (e.g., agricultural harvesting equipment such as tractors and combines; specialty cannabis harvesting equipment such as buckers and dry trimmers; hand tools such as bud trimmers and trimming shears)
  • cloning equipment (e.g., root cubes and trays; seedling humidity domes; clone buckets; cloning machines; tissue culture cloning equipment)
  • other equipment (e.g., garden bedders and tillers; greenhouses; grow tents; monitors and controllers; pH and nutrient testers; plastic sheeting and liners; growing tables, benches, and trellises; protective glasses)

Markets and growing locations for cannabis growing supplies include:

  • commercial indoor marijuana (including operations that are fully grown in a greenhouse)
  • commercial outdoor marijuana (including plants primarily grown outside, even if some greenhouse space is used onsite)
  • commercial hemp (both indoor and outdoor)
  • private-use residential marijuana (i.e., indoor and outdoor personal home-grow operations)

Growing system types include soil-based and hydroponic systems.

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