1. $6.7 billion sales for marijuana in North America last year
ArcView Market Research estimates that the North American market for marijuana in 2016 totaled $6.7 billion. And that’s 30% higher than the previous year. Arcview compares the growth in the marijuana industry to the growth of cable television in the 1990s and broadband internet in the first decade of the 21st century.
2. 83% of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana
You might have seen some polls showing that a substantial majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana. The solid support, though, is for the legalization of medical marijuana. The Yahoo News/Marist College survey reported that 83% of respondents supported legalization of medical marijuana. That’s consistent with another study conducted by Quinnipiac University.
3. 55 million Americans used marijuana in the past year
This number comes from a survey conducted by Altaba’s Yahoo News and Marist College. It includes roughly 35 million adults who use marijuana at least once or twice per month and another 20 million who have used marijuana once or twice in the past year.
4. Around 25% fewer opioid-related deaths in states with legal medical marijuana
The opioid epidemic is a huge problem in the U.S. However; research has found that the annual rate of deaths due to opioid overdoses was nearly 25% lower in states that allow legal use of medical marijuana. Some clinical studies indicate that medical marijuana could be useful in helping to alleviate pain.
5. 129 million American adults have tried marijuana
A recent Gallup poll found that 45% of Americans have tried marijuana at least once. However, the Yahoo News/Marist College survey reported that 52% of American adults had tried the drug at some point in their lives. That translates to around 129 million people.