50 Incredible Statistics about Marijuana

Marijuana is quickly becoming big business in the U.S., as states continue to legalize its use for recreational and medical purposes. Right now, cannabis and marijuana-related enterprises generate billions of dollars for the U.S. economy. Business opportunities exist for entrepreneurs at all stages of marijuana production, sales, and Marijuana statistics, from outdoor cannabis farms to licensed neighborhood dispensaries.

The first states to legalize recreational marijuana were Colorado and Washington, and policymakers have watched as these states have seen a massive increase in sales and associated tax revenue. Doctors have found that marijuana and its chemical components may be useful for treating the symptoms of illnesses, from anxiety and depression to cancer and HIV. To get an idea of what’s ahead for the marijuana industry, check out these amazing 50 Marijuana statistics…

50 Amazing Statistics about Marijuana

  1. Twenty-eight states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. (Source: Drug Policy Alliance)

 

  1. 20 states in the U.S. have decriminalized recreational marijuana by getting rid of criminal penalties for simple possession for personal use. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. Eight states and the District of Columbia have completely legalized recreational marijuana. These states are Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California. (Source: Business Insider)

 

  1. Almost 60% of Americans currently live in states that have legalized some form of marijuana sale and usage, including medical marijuana. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. 20% of Americans live in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. (Source: Business Insider)

 

  1. In 2016, sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington states topped $1.5 billion. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. In the same year, the total U.S. sales totaled over $5.8 billion. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. Daily marijuana use has increased 60% in the past ten years. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

 

  1. According to a report by ArcView Market Research, North American Cannabis sales have grown to $6.7 billion.  (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. In the United States alone, there were over 2.6 million medical marijuana patients in 2016. (Source: Trend Statistics)

 

  1. 92% of all medical marijuana patients in the U.S. say that the drug works for them. (Source: Washington Post)

 

  1. 71% of patients who use medical marijuana for pain relief reported no significant side effects. 6% of patients stated that they experienced throat irritation or a cough. (Source: Healthline)

 

  1. 76% of all doctors, worldwide, support the use of marijuana for medical purposes. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. Sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington were 66% higher in 2016 than in 2015. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. 49% of Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. A 2012 study found that 12% of Americans have used marijuana in the past year. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. Just over 7% of Americans, or 18.9 million people, stated in 2012 that they had used marijuana in the past month. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. 5% of all California residents say they’ve used marijuana to treat a serious medical condition. (Source: PBS)

 

  1. Approximately 22 million lbs of marijuana are grown in the United States each year, including indoor grows. (Source: Mother Jones)

 

  1. North American marijuana sales are projected to experience a 25% compound annual growth through 2020. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. In California, sales of medical marijuana have risen from $351 million in 2010 to almost $814 million in 2015. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. In 2016, all marijuana sales across North America grew by 30%. (Source: Forbes)

 

  1. Experts estimate that North American marijuana sales will generate over $20 billion by the year 2021. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. Sales of marijuana increased 62% from September 2015 to September 2016 in three states alone: Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal. (Source: Forbes)

 

  1. Washington state is projected to receive $190 million in taxes and fees from the marijuana industry by 2019. (Source: Huffington Post)

 

  1. There are over 25,000 potential product applications for industrial hemp, a product of the cannabis plant that also produces marijuana. (Source: USA Today)

 

  1. In 2016, California’s medical marijuana industry reported $845 million in sales over the course of the year. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. Oregon collected nearly $15 million in tax revenue on the recreational sale of marijuana during the first 6 months of 2016. (Source: Oregon Live)

 

  1. California and Maine have the highest rate of medical marijuana use in 2017, with 3.83% of the population registered as medical marijuana patients in both states.  

 

  1. 53% of Americans in 2016 believed that recreational marijuana should be made legal, while 44% believe it should remain illegal. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. 89% of Americans polled in 2016 supported the legalization of medical marijuana. (Source: US News)

 

  1. 68% of all Millennials (people born between 1980-200) believe that marijuana should be legalized. (Source: Trend Statistics)

 

  1. Only 29% of the Silent Generation (people born between 1925 and 1945) believe that marijuana should be legalized. (Source: Trend Statistics)

 

  1. Almost 20% of all corporations involved in the legal cannabis industry are changing their corporate plans in reaction to the 2016 Presidential election. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. 80% of all marijuana grown in the United States is grown in just five states: California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Washington. (Source: Mother Jones)

 

  1. In 2016, there were approximately 2,800 legal marijuana dispensaries in the state of California. (Source: Marijuana Business Daily)

 

  1. Marijuana-related companies are currently employing an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 workers in the United States alone. (Source: 2016 Marijuana Business Factbook)

 

  1. 643,121 people were arrested in the U.S. in 2015 for a marijuana law violation. (Source: Drug Policy Alliance)

 

  1. American taxpayers spend over $1 billion each year on incarcerating people for marijuana-related offenses. (Source: Komorn Law)

 

  1. 89% of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in the U.S. in 2015 were arrested for possession only. (Source: Drug Policy Alliance)

 

  1. On average, an American is arrested for a marijuana offense every 45 seconds. (Source: Marijuana Prohibition Project)

 

  1. A 2013 study found that traffic fatalities decreased between 8% and 11% in states that legalized marijuana within the first year. (Source: PBS)

 

  1. Marijuana prohibition costs the states and federal government an estimated $17.4 billion each year from incarceration and lost revenue. (Source: Huffington Post)

 

  1. One-third of all marijuana grown in the U.S. is grown indoors. (Source: Mother Jones)

 

  1. Only 6% of all studies done on marijuana have looked at its medical potential. (Source: Business Insider)

 

  1. 64% of patients experienced a decrease in pain after using marijuana, according to a 2014 study published by Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health. (Source: Healthline)

 

  1. 39% of women polled are in favor of marijuana legalization, while 58% of men are. (Source: PBS)

 

  1. There are currently 2,299,016 legal medical marijuana users in the United States. (Source: Marijuana Policy Project)

 

  1. 69% of Americans believe alcohol is more harmful to one’s health than marijuana. (Source: Pew Research)

 

  1. 57% of Americans say they would not be bothered by a legal marijuana business opening in their neighborhood. (Source: Pew Research)

 

We hope you enjoyed learning about these 50 Marijuana statistics and we encourage you to do more research on this important subject.

 

Sources:

 

Drug Policy Alliance http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-war-statistics

 

Pew Research http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/14/6-facts-about-marijuana/

 

Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-on-marijuana-and-health-2015-4

 

Marijuana Business Daily https://mjbizdaily.com/category/charts/ 

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/co-occurring/marijuana_use_ptsd_veterans.asp 

 

US News https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-06/debate-over-89-percent-support-medical-pot-in-new-poll 

 

Trend Statistics https://www.trendstatistics.com/health/6-medical-marijauna-facts-infographic-cannabis-statistics-2016/ 

 

Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/01/92-of-patients-say-medical-marijuana-works/ 

 

Healthline http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/medical-marijuana-for-depression 

 

PBS http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/studies-claim-medical-marijuana-may-reduce-suicide-rates-traffic-fatalities/ 

 

Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/marijuana-pot-weed-statistics-climate-change 

 

Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/01/03/marijuana-sales-totaled-6-7-billion-in-2016/#6244f24175e3 

 

Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/benefits-legalizing-weed-by-the-numbers_n_5173785.html 

 

USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/sponsor-story/motley-fool/2016/05/17/motley-fool-marijuana-stats/84326712/ 

 

Oregon Live http://www.oregonlive.com/marijuana/index.ssf/2016/06/oregon_marks_1_year_anniversar.html 

 

Komorn Law http://komornlaw.com/marijuana-prisoners-cost-1-billion-a-year/ 

 

Marijuana Policy Project https://www.mpp.org/issues/medical-marijuana/state-by-state-medical-marijuana-laws/medical-marijuana-patient-numbers/

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