There is nothing on Earth right now (and I don’t mean anything at all), that isn’t growing as fast or as quickly as the legal marijuana market.

Take this as an example: The legal cannabis market will surpass the $12 billion revenue of the National Football League in 2015, and it could be worth $22.8 billion by 2020. The projected growth in marijuana between 2016 and 2029 is $100 billion, or 1,308%.

According to estimates, there are 50 million marijuana users. On a daily basis, 7.6 million people indulge in marijuana. Fully 68% of the 83.3million milllennials want cannabis legalized and made available. Many established companies – in tobacco, agriculture and irrigation, as well as pharmacueticals – will want to join the legalization movement once it is widespread. This is more evidence that marijuana is mainstream.

Tens of millions of Americans voted for the future of marijuana on Nov 8, 2009. California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted for legalization of recreational marijuana use. Voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana. Top Shelf BC Only Arizona, which had recreational cannabis up for vote, voted against legalization. These states, which exclude Arizona, together make up 75 million people. This means that one fifth of Americans, or 20% of the population, woke up Aug 9th to find themselves in a state in which medical and/or recreational marijuana are legal for adults over 21.

Hollywood stars are also getting in on the act. Many people are familiar with the marijuana-related business activities of Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog and Tommy Chong. A Grammy Award-winning singer Melissa Etheridge, who has her own line in cannabis-infused wine, and Whoopi Goldberg, a TV talk host, are launching a line for medical Top Shelf BC marijuana products targeted at women. People listen to Hollywood icons. The TV sitcom is the most popular.

Variety announced that Netflix plans to air a sitcom about a legal marijuana dispensary on July 13, 2016. DisJointed is the creation of Chuck Lorre, TV genius and creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Quinnipiac University recently found that 89% of Americans believe legalization should be granted to adults who have been prescribed medical marijuana by a doctor. The U.S.A. isn’t the only country that wants to relax marijuana laws. Canada, Mexico, Australia and Uruguay have legalized or made marijuana possession illegal in their countries.

Schedule 1 drugs have been controlled substances since 1972. Schedule 1 drugs are substances that have no medical use and high potential for abuse. Schedule 1 drugs include marijuana, heroin, LSD and ecstasy. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in response to mounting pressure from doctors, medical researchers and state governments, has been pressured to downgrade marijuana to a Schedule I drug or even a Schedule III drug.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2030, one fifth of Americans will be 65 years old or older. All Baby Boomers will be confronted with a variety of age-related conditions, including back pain, cancer, arthritis, and glaucoma. These diseases can be treated with cannabis-based remedies. As the population ages, the market for medical marijuana will also grow. As millions of people discover the many benefits of medical cannabis, social acceptance will also grow.

One marijuana dispensary could make more than $676 million annually.

The cash is not all generated by marijuana. Many people have heard of “pot brownies.” The market for marijuana edibles goes beyond brownies. There are also weed desserts, and weed energy drinks. We are about to witness the opening of the first ever weed distillery in the world.

There are many websites that sell THC-laden capsules and lip balms that contain THC. They also offer topical compound and THC patches. These products provide an “accurate dose… quick onset and unsurpassed length.” THC-infused sodas, coffees, and sparkling water are available for those who are thirsty. The market boom in recreational marijuana has also led to a rapid growth of medicinal marijuana and its derivatives.

Patients with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation often lose their appetites and feel sensitive to food. The treatments won’t work if patients don’t eat. It has been shown that cannabis can stimulate appetite and settle the stomach. New research is being done on cannabis oil, which has been shown to be effective in treating multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and even rheumatoidarthritis. It is also very effective in treating insomnia.

For the majority of the 20th Century, doctors didn’t know much about the brain, its most important organ. The brain cells control almost all of our sensations, thoughts and actions, sending signals that cause hunger and appetite. Marijuana appears to bridge this gap. Voters in every state are rapidly coming to an agreement on cannabis as medicine. Momentum is moving in the right direction.

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