Akerna Flash Report: 420 cannabis sales reach $154.4 million, setting a new record for most dollars spent in single day

Akerna Flash Report: 420 cannabis sales reach $154.4 million, setting a new record for most dollars spent in single day


The six-day period around the holiday brought the total cannabis retail sales for the consumption occasion to $485 million in the US; women continue to gain market share  

Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading enterprise software company and the developer of one of the most comprehensive technology infrastructures, ecosystems, and compliance engines powering the global cannabis industry, today announced that April 20, 2022, broke all previous cannabis retail records, bringing in a total of $154.4 million in adult-use and medicinal sales.

Compared to last year’s 420, which until last week was the industry’s largest sales day to date and brought in nearly $112 million, this year’s 420 was a significant 38.1% growth over last year’s sales.

US National Retail Cannabis Sales:

Friday (4/15/22) 

$94.3 M

Saturday (4/16/22) 

$68.9 M

Sunday (4/17/22)   

$38.9 M

Monday (4/18/22)   

$60.9 M

Tuesday (4/19/22)  

$67.9 M

Wednesday (4/20/22)

$154.4 M


$485.3 M

When looking at the period around 420, US shoppers spent a total of $485.3 million on cannabis products. To put that into perspective, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division recently reported the state’s largest year of liquor sales ever – which surpassed $400 million for the first time. This means that the US cannabis retail industry brought in more sales in just six days than Iowa did for liquor sales in a record-breaking year of their own.

“Using our historical Akerna data, we released a prediction report that the period around 420 would bring in a total of $494 million, only –1.79% variance from the actual sales of $485.3 million. This is a testament to the power of our data analytics. By leveraging data-driven insights, cannabis businesses can make strategic predictions and decisions for their businesses,” said James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect at Akerna.


Akerna data has shown increases in cannabis sales market share for women shoppers over the past few years. This trend continued with this 420, with women’s market share of sales breaking the 40% mark for the first time ever.

As more markets legalize cannabis and more Americans become comfortable with the legal cannabis industry, these year-over-year increases are expected to continue. Data shows cannabis has a broad appeal to people of all demographics.

Other predicted values for the long “holiday” weekend (4/15 – 4/20)

  • Category sales:
  • Flower – 48.11%
  • Cartridge/Pens – 31.66%
  • Concentrates – 11.63%
  • Infused Edibles – 6.87%
  • Infused Non-Edible – 0.71%
  • Non-Medicated – 1.01%

Sales by demographic:

  • Men – 59.93%
  • Women – 40.07%

Sales by age groups:

  • Under 30 – 28.38%
  • 30-40 –30.43%
  • 40-50 – 19.92%
  • 50-60 – 11.49%
  • Over 60 – 9.78%

About the Akerna Flash Report:

Flash Report looks at buying trends in the cannabis market as captured by Akerna’s flagship solution, MJ Platform. MJ Platform includes MJ Analytics, allowing operators, investors, and regulators to access the industry’s largest and most statistically relevant database to drive data-driven business decisions.

MJ Analytics provides:

  • The most significant statistical relevance across countries
  • Normalized data (not farmed from various disparate POS platforms)
  • Complete cannabis supply chain data
  • Business insights founded in category management methodology

MJ Analytics can eliminate the guesswork and provide answers to questions like:

  • What is the gross margin return on inventory?
  • What SKUs should be carried?
  • How do basket adjacencies influence discounting and retention strategies?
  • What does a medical market look like a year or five years after decriminalizing cannabis?

Click here for more information about MJ Platform and MJ Analytics.

Some instances of the flash report may include business intelligence derived from Akerna’s family of companies, including Ample Organics, Leaf Data Systems, solo sciences, Trellis, Viridian Sciences, and 365 Cannabis. Sales projections are based on market adjustment calculations and aggregate the entire US market.

Akerna has one of the largest seed-to-sale footprints in the cannabis industry, operating in 15 countries and 23 US states, including PennsylvaniaOklahomaPuerto RicoArizonaCaliforniaUtahMichiganColoradoMontanaNevadaMaineVermontNew MexicoMissouriTexasOhioMarylandWashington DCKansasArkansas, New York.

Increases are relative to the prior period. Additional business intelligence data sources may include proprietary tools used by Akerna’s family of companies.

About Akerna: 

Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN) is an enterprise software company focused on compliantly serving the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industry. First launched in 2010, Akerna has tracked more than $30 billion in cannabis sales to date and is the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq. Using connected data and information to propel the cannabis industry forward, Akerna empowers businesses, governments, patients, and consumers to make smart decisions.

The Company’s cornerstone technology, MJ Platform, one of the world’s leading cannabis infrastructure as a service platform, powers retailers, manufacturers, brands, distributors, and cultivators. Akerna also offers a complete suite of professional consulting services and data analytics for businesses as well as solo sciences, Leaf Data Systems, Trellis, Ample Organics, Viridian Sciences and 365 Cannabis.

For more information, visit https://www.akerna.com/.

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