Over 25% of adults in Nevada have purchased recreational weed
The money numbers coming out of Nevada have already been impressive, but it sounds like there are other wild stats coming from the Silver State as well. A new study says that over a quarter of adults in the state have purchased recreational weed, with another 15% being seen as "potential users" who could buy some in the near future. That's crazy -- it's only been a few months since the recreational market opened up, but already a quarter of the population is making use of it.
As interesting as those numbers are, they're not unique, either. In Oregon, 36% of adults have shopped for recreational weed this year. The Nevada numbers also show how the market has grown since going from solely medicinal sales to recreational -- there were 24, 803 Nevadans who got prescriptions for medical marijuana, but around half a million adults have picked up recreational marijuana. That's crazy! California, for example, boasts 1.5 million medicinal patients already, so it'll be interesting to see what happens in January, when the recreational markets start up in that state.
According to the study, the folks buying legal weed in Nevada are mostly male (61%), and mostly under 40 (also 61%). 43% of them are married, and over 33% have children at home. That's quite a group of people, and they make up one heck of a market for dispensaries to sell to. It'll be just as interesting to see how this group grows and changes over the next few years, as weed becomes avaialble to more and more people across the US.