How Legalized Cannabis is Changing the U.S.

According to a Gallup poll, support for legalization of cannabis has risen steadily—from 12 percent in 1969, to 31 percent in 2000, to 64 percent in 2017. Following this year’s cannabis elections across the nation, 59.3 percent of the residents in the U.S. reside in a state where marijuana has been legalized, at least to some degree. Twenty-eight states and Washington D.C. have made mmj legal, while nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized the recreational use of cannabis for those over the age of 21.

The Legal Medical Marijuana Market Will Grow Exponentially

Researchers estimate the legal marijuana market will grow by $7-$8 billion as legalization expands, building to a $21.8 billion dollar business by 2020. Support for the legalization of cannabis appears to transcend political party lines, considering that three states which passed medical marijuana laws voted largely Republican. Despite the medical and recreational legalization of marijuana across the nation, on the federal level cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

The Number of Youth Who Have Tried Cannabis Has Decreased Since Legalization

Although Kurt Isaacson, president and CEO of Spectrum Health Systems is a vocal critic of legalization, claiming it is detrimental

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