Legally Growing And Selling Marijuana Provides New Channels Of Revenue For State Governments To Collect Taxes And Licensing Fees.

is the improving opinion of pot among the general public. National pollster Gallup has been conducting surveys on marijuana for nearly five decades, and the percentage of the public that’d like to see it legalized nationally has increased from just 25% in 1995 to 60% (an all-time high) in 2016. As favorability toward the drug improves, more and more states have been legalizing pot either for medical or medical marijuana recreational uses. Image source: Getty Images. State governments have played their role, too. Legally growing and selling marijuana provides new channels of revenue for state governments to collect taxes and licensing fees. In Colorado, $135 million in tax and licensing revenue was collected in 2015 on $996.2 million in legal weed sales, while in California, the passage of Prop 64 this past November (which legalized recreational pot) is expected to add an estimated $1 billion in tax revenue to the state. Lastly, the significant growth potential behind marijuana has been an allure. Legal marijuana sales hit $6.9 billion in 2016 according to cannabis research firm ArcView, a 34% increase from the previous year. ArcView believes this figure could grow to $21.6 billion by 2021, while investment firm Cowen & Co. believes legal pot sales could tip the scales at $50 billion by 2026.

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