US: Legal Marijuana Outsold Both Viagra and Tequila in 2016

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Christine Meeusen, 57, lights a joint outside her home. Her company, Sisters of the Valley, sells wellness products derived from hemp — a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis — online.

The legal marijuana industry brought in between $4 billion and $4.5 billion in 2016, outselling Viagra and Cialis, paid music streaming services, tequila, and Girl Scout cookies.

In 2016, sales of medical and recreational marijuana increasedmore than 30% over the year prior, according to the 2017 Marijuana Business Factbook, an industry report produced by the research and editorial teams at trade publication Marijuana Business Daily.

2016 was a big year for weed.Seven US states legalized the drug in some form on Election Day. California, the sixth-largest economy in the world, became the biggest domino to fall with the passage of Proposition 64. Much of the West Coast is now a legal enclave for recreational pot.

More Americans favor legalizing weed outright than ever before, according to a Gallup poll. A majority of them already live in states that have access to the drug for medical use.

And the so-called green rush shows no sign of slowing down.

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