From the $US52 billion in sales the industry posted to the 76% increase in cannabis jobs this year, there are plenty of statistics to show marijuana’s startling contributions to the US economy.
Marijuana initiatives have swept through state legislatures in recent years. Recreational marijuana use is legal in 10 US states, while medicinal marijuana is legal in 33. Illinois became the most recent state to weigh the topic when Gov. JB Pritzker introduced a bill to legalise the drug on Saturday.
Now, the industry is showing no signs of slowing down.
Read on for eight interesting facts about the US marijuana industry:
The marijuana industry could soon be worth more than the GDP of 9 US states
Marijuana Business Factbook estimates the legal-marijuana industry’s economic impact in the US was between $US20 billion and $US23 billion in 2017. It estimates the economic impact could reach as high as $US77 billion by 2022.
Those numbers are comparable to the GDPs of Idaho and West Virginia, which were both a tick over $US77 billion in 2018, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. And it’s