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U.S. comparison of market penetration rate for marijuana and other substances

This graph shows a comparison between the adult market penetration rate of legal cannabis, including both recreational and medical marijuana, and other common stimulants and substances. Cannabis is expected to have a market penetration rate of 20 percent, compared to 50 percent for alcohol and 40 percent for painkillers.

Expected market penetration rate of cannabis compared to other stimulants and substances in the U.S. as of 2016*

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Release date

December 2017


United States

Survey time period

as of 2016

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Market penetration of legal cannabis among adults.

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