Food for thought for the Trump administration, a March report by New Frontier Data shows that 95% of the U.S. population resides in a state where some form of legal marijuana exists.
Since California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996, the pathway to total legalization seems more inevitable than ever for citizens of the United States. Despite the presidential outcome of the general election, the pro-marijuana vote represented a watershed moment for marijuana reform. On November 8, 2016, approximately 18 million voters cast their ballots for either MMJ or adult-use initiatives.
Still, with 95% of America’s freedom loving population existing in a state with some type of legalized marijuana, nearly 16,286,000 people are relegated to the federal government’s prohibition.
Below are a few intriguing data points from New Frontier Data’s March 1 report:
- Including CBD-only states, medical marijuana, and recreational/adult-use, 95% of the US population have legal access to some form of cannabis/cannabinoids.
- Representing 412 members of the United States House Representatives and 86 Senators, 93% of today’s congressional members represent constituents in states where some form of marijuana is legal.
- Legal in 21 states plus the nation’s capital, medical marijuana is currently accessible by 69 million people.
- Jeopardizing $3.4 billion in projected recreational revenue for 2017 alone, federal intervention of the adult-use market could erase as much as $8.6 billion by 2020.
Per New Frontier Data CEO, Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, “While the cannabis industry has been anxious to gain more clarity into how President Trump’s Administration is going to treat the legal cannabis market in the U.S., it has also provided the opportunity for rigorous debate on the issue.”
With the midterm elections occurring in Nov. 2018, one interesting fact from this report stands out. During the 2016 General Election, those states with adult-use initiatives on their ballots witnessed a 4% higher turnout at the polls. More popular than the average politician on their best day of kissing babies and promising jobs, those states with marijuana reform initiatives on next November’s ballot could help change the face of our political landscape.
Your Opinion Counts! — Register. Vote. Smoke.
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