In Hellish Year, Record Number of Americans Turned to Pot

A deadly pandemic. Massive jobs losses. Murder hornets. The world threw everything but the kitchen sink at Americans in 2020. And the data shows they responded, in part, by buying more pot.

“State tax and revenue data acquired and analyzed by Leafly reveal that nationwide sales of medical and adult-use marijuana increased by 67% over 2019,” Leafly reports. “Americans purchased $17.9 billion in cannabis products over the past calendar year, $7.2 billion more than the $10.7 billion in sales the previous year.”

A lot of that was driven by larger purchase sizes, but there was an uptick in new consumers too.

Americans also turned their increasing appetite for weed into policy gains. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota last year. Mississippi legalized medicinal pot.