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San Diego Cannabis Industry Economic Impact


Cal State San Marcos College of Business Administration conducted research on the economic impact of the San Diego Cannabis Industry that revealed legal cannabis taxation yielded over $12M to the combined cities of San Diego, La Mesa, and Vista in 2019. 

The report was developed by the CSUSM Office of Business Research and Analysis (OBRA) in partnership with Blue Water Government Affairs. The cannabis consulting group worked with OBRA to collect data on the San Diego cannabis industry. The student research team used public records from the cities to examine how adult-use and medicinal cannabis sales influence community finances, police enforcement, and public health.


The College of Business Administration (CoBA) is offering a suite of research services for a fee to benefit small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Office of Business Research and Analysis unites faculty expertise with student researchers to produce business plans, economic impact analyses, econometric analyses, geographic information systems studies, industry sector forecasts, marketing analyses, and more. For more information, For more
information visit the OBRA Website.

Blue Water Government Affairs (Cannabis Consulting Group)

Blue Water Government Affairs (BWGA) is a consulting firm that specializes in helping cannabis businesses establish government relationships, navigate the complex regulatory environments of cannabis, draft local ordinances, launch community education campaigns and establish strong advocacy and industry relationships. Drawing on years of legislative, campaign and grassroots advocacy experience, BWGA ensures that clients' cannabis businesses are protected and that issues are communicated effectively at both the state and local levels.

Economic Impact Report



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