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U.S. sales of legal cannabis 2016-2025

In the United States, sales numbers for legal cannabis are expected to reach an estimated 23 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. Legal marijuana sales are forecast to increase steadily with each consecutive year.

Sales per state

The number of cannabis consumers is likewise expected to grow in the United States: by 2025, the country is projected to have close to 50 million consumers. In 2018, the state of California was by far the leading American state in terms of legal, as well as illicit cannabis sales. The market for recreational marijuana in California amounted to some five and a half billion U.S. dollars in 2018. This was more than double the market size of New York.

Opinions on legalization

In 2018, two-thirds of adult Americans believed cannabis should be made legal in the United States. Over the past decades, public support for the legalization of the soft drug has increased significantly. Back in 2003, only about a third of Americans were in favor of legalization, while more than 60 percent of the population was against it.

Sales of legal cannabis in the United States from 2016 to 2025

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New Frontier Data
Release date

August 2018


United States

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Special properties

Excluding hemp sales

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