As Michigan’s rankings for education, business, child well-being, roads and other measures continue to slide, the state has become a national leader in one metric under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: marijuana sales volume.

Since December 2022, Michigan has sold more total grams of flower and units of other marijuana products in both the recreational and medical markets than any other state in the U.S., including California.

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The Detroit Free Press points to data from multiple market intelligence firms that track point-of-sale data that shows in recent months Michigan sold more units than California – long the national leader.

Units are defined by Headset, a cannabis market intelligence firm, as a single item a customer buys, such as pre-rolled joints, a jar of flower, or pack of infused gummies. Headset contends Michigan surpassed California in sales volume in June 2023, while data from the firm BDSA suggests that occurred in December 2022.

In May, Michigan sold 24.2 million units, while California sold 17.3, according to Headset. BDSA data from April shows Michigan sold 56.8 million units of marijuana products, while California sold 44.6 million, the Free Press reports.

Due to higher prices in California, the state still leads in dollar sales at $5.1 billion last year, compared to about $3 billion in Michigan, which has roughly a quarter as many residents.

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“I was quite surprised because California is such a big state and the population is through the roof compared to Michigan, but I’m not too surprised because we have lower price cannabis here so we feed other states like Ohio and Indiana,” Ryan McMullen, owner at Bazonzoes Provisioning Center in Lansing, told WILX.

“There’ healthy competition here and there’s unlimited grow licenses so there’s plenty of available product so like when there’s an overstock of product a lot of retailers as well it makes very very competitive low-price cannabis items,” he said. “Plus, our taxes are lower here than in California.”

Michigan is roughly one-quarter the population of California: 10 million residents compared to about 40 million residents.

Brittany Tayler, a pediatrician and professor at Michigan State University, told the news site she’s concerned about Michigan’s massive sales volume for marijuana, noting it “means our Michiganders are probably using a lot more cannabis than other states.”

“Car accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and this has been shown in multiple states that when cannabis has been legalized that the number of car accidents has increased,” she said.

While the long-term impact of Michigan’s legal marijuana market remains to be seen, the sales volume record offers a reprieve from the steady stream of depressing statistics since Whitmer took office in 2019.

Last week, a 2024 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found Michigan slipped two spots from last year in the measure of child well-being, with the state now ranked 34th among states overall.

That followed just days after revelations the number of Michigan companies listed on the Fortune 500 has dwindled to just 16, down from 30 when voters put Whitmer in the governor’s mansion.

Other reports from May show Michigan now ranks third nationally for power outages, despite residents paying 11% more than the national average, the state is one of only 18 falling behind their 15-year tax revenue trend, and roads in the Great Lakes State continue to crumble.

Despite Whitmer’s promise to “keep fixing the damn roads so you can safely get to where you’re going,” Michigan’s 2023 Road & Bridges Annual Report finds “roads are deteriorating faster than the agencies can repair them.”

Currently, about 33% of Michigan’s paved federal aid roads are in poor condition, while 41% are fair and 26% are in good condition. The Transportation Asset Management Council that compiled the report forecasts 52% will be in poor condition, 28% in fair condition, and 20% in good condition by 2035.

Michigan is now in in the bottom half of every category measured by U.S. News & World Report for its “Best States” ranking, sliding another spot in 2024 to come in 42nd.

The data shows Michigan students have below average math test scores, are less likely to graduate high school, and leave college with more debt, when compared to the national average.

Other metrics show Michigan under Whitmer has a higher poverty rate, lower median household income, more industrial toxins, more drinking water violations, less renewable energy usage, worse roads, and higher rates of incarceration and violent crime than most states.