BY GOWRI CHANDRA & MARIE LODI
Support for legalization is on the rise, and so are social justice efforts across the cannabis industry. From athletes to artists to politicians to grandmas, Americans of all stripes are embracing cannabis's power to uplift. The versatile benefits of cannabis are enjoyed by an increasingly wider demographic, thanks to legislative reform and changing cultural attitudes about the multitasking plant. Ahead, we’ve gathered 25 compelling facts and figures that explore the current state of cannabis in the United States.
Canna-Stat #1: Today, Pew Research notes that 62 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana— twice as many as in 2000.
Canna-Stat #2: In 2018, MedMen sponsored Los Angeles’s largest criminal expungement clinic to date, reclassifying 830 records.
Canna-Stat #3: Legalization helps local communities: a 2017 study published in the Journal of Urban Economics found that cannabis dispensaries deter neighborhood larcenies to the tune of $30,000 a year.
Canna-Stat #4: While women hold 21 percent of leadership roles in the United States at large, they hold 27 percent of leadership positions in the cannabis industry, according to a Marijuana Business Daily study.
Canna-Stat #5: Many legal states funnel marijuana revenue to social good. In Oregon, 40 percent of income from cannabis taxation is put into the state school fund, and 20 percent goes toward alcohol and drug treatment, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.
Canna-Stat #6: A 2018 study by New York University found that nine percent of the Baby Boomers aged 50 to 64 polled had consumed cannabis in the past year—double the rate reported in 2006.
Canna-Stat #7: In California, BDS Analytics found that 38 percent of people who use cannabis do volunteer work, compared to 25 percent of nonusers.
Canna-Stat #8: Cannabis connoisseurs love the outdoors: a BDS Analytics study of habits in California and Colorado found that cannabis users report enjoying outdoor recreation at a higher rate than nonusers.
Canna-Stat #9: A 2017 BDS Analytics study of cannabis users in Colorado found that they’re more likely to describe themselves as highly social than those who do not use cannabis.
Canna-Stat #10: As America faces a sex slump, cannabis has been found to increase sexual frequency by 20 percent, according to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Canna-Stat #11: Using cannabis before sex makes it more enjoyable, say 68 percent of women polled in a 2016 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Canna-Stat #12: In 2018, 64,389 new jobs were created in cannabis manufacturing and distribution, making cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the United States, according to Leafly and Whitney Economics.
Canna-Stat #13: The Hemp Business Journal projects that the CBD market will grow 700 percent between 2018 and 2020.
Canna-Stat #14: In three years, the number of people working in the cannabis industry could expand as high as 330,000, according to BDS Analytics: more than the number of people who work at steel and iron mills combined.
Canna-Stat #15: Cannabis promises to be a 75-billion-dollar national industry by 2030, according to top financial analyst Vivien Azer, and it already employs 250,000 Americans, according to New Frontier Data.
Canna-Stat #16: Tens of thousands of cannabis employees are currently unionized across America with United Food and Commercial Workers alone.
Canna-Stat #17: Despite labor unions declining since 1954, the peak year recorded by the Congressional Research Service, the number of union jobs in the cannabis industry continues to rise.
Canna-Stat #18: Cannabis beverages are getting more and more popular. According to the cannabis analytics firm, Headset, the overall market has doubled, going from a little under $1.5 million to about $3 million.
Canna-Stat #19: Medical marijuana is estimated to be valued at $100 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research.
Canna-Stat #20: The median salary for someone working in the cannabis industry is 10% higher than the US median salary, according to Glassdoor.
Canna-Stat #21: The CBD skin care industry is estimated to be valued at over $645 million in 2019, according to a market report from Future Market Insights.
Canna-Stat #22: Cannabis use is growing internationally. Global spending on legal cannabis is expected to reach $57 billion by the year 2027, according to BDS Analytics.
Canna-Stat #23: The majority of medical marijuana patients, 85.5 percent use cannabis for chronic pain, per a University of Michigan study.
Canna-Stat #24: Germany is expected to be the leading European country when it comes to cannabis, with Italy coming in second, per Forbes.
Canna-Stat #25: More women are smoking cannabis. A study by Eaze found that the rates of female cannabis consumers doubled in 2018, with a 92 percent increase.
This story and many more are available in the Fall "Freedom" issue of EMBER magazine. You can grab a copy at your local MedMen store, Barnes and Noble, or Hudson News.