Illicit market adds to cannabis industry woes

It affects states with either new or long-established legal markets.
This photo released by the Riverside Police Department shows an illegal pot farm in Riverside, Calif., on April 18, 2019. (Riverside Police Department via AP, File)

Illegal marijuana sales are contributing to the woes of regulated cannabis businesses that are struggling financially amid a post-Covid sales slump, market glut and competition from new hemp-based THC products.

It is a problem for states with long-established legal cannabis markets as well as where the industry is just getting a foothold, as legalization continues to spread state-by-state.

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