DENVER, CO - SEPT 15: Plants in the River Rock Cannabis grow facilities are seen growing in pots of peat moss which is used as part of the organic growing process. River Rock Cannabis COO Jim Elftmann strips excess leaves from some of the plants and checks for any signs of disease. River Rock Cannabis in Denver had formerly gone by the name of River Rock Organic Cannabis until the Colorado Attorney General began investigating marijuana businesses' use of the word 'organic' in their name. Federal law dictates what is or is not organic and cannot give marijuana that designation because it remains illegal under federal law. River Rock began removing the word organic on all of their labeling and signage at the end of June. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post)

More of the legal marijuana sold in Colorado is increasingly for recreational use

The recreational market continues to increase its share of Colorado’s legal marijuana sales, with a new report showing that 66 percent of the total pounds of marijuana flowers and 86 percent of the total units of edibles sold in 2018 were for recreational use.

In 2017, recreational use accounted for 58 percent of the total pounds and 83 percent of the units of edibles sold by marijuana businesses, according to an annual update released Monday by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division in the state Department of Revenue. Medical marijuana made up the rest of the sales.

The number of recreational marijuana business licenses increased by 3 percent while the number of medical marijuana licenses dropped 8 percent, the first decline in a couple of years, said Shannon Gray, division spokeswoman.

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