16 Marijuana 4/20 Facts That Show How Far the Cannabis Movement Has Come

For most of my life, marijuana has been considered a taboo topic that wasn’t discussed openly and was swept under the rug by federal, state, and local officials. It was understood that a black market existed, but the “war on drugs” was always in force, with marijuana placed side by side with heroin and cocaine as scourges of society.

But as we near 4/20, a date of significance within the cannabis community that’s celebrated by smoking or consuming marijuana, what’s crystal clear is that this is no longer a taboo topic or an illicit industry. In a relatively short amount of time, the pot industry and the cannabis movement have come an incredibly long way. Here are 16 facts that unequivocally show that cannabis is now a mainstream topic and is here to stay.

1. More than 40 countries have given medical cannabis the green light

Believe it or not, more than 40 countries around the world have legalized medical marijuana in some capacity. You might know about most European countries doing so, but it might be surprising to learn that Thailand, a country known for some of the harshest penalties in the world on drug users, gave the green light to medical weed a few months ago. South Korea, another very strict country with regard to handling drug offenses, became the first East Asian country to legalize medical pot in November.

2. It’s been legalized for adult use in two countries

In addition, two countries — Uruguay and Canada — have legalized recreational marijuana. Canada’s passage of the Cannabis Act last year allowed it to become the first industrialized country in the world to allow people to legally consume pot. By 2022, Wall Street analysts forecast that Canada could be generating as much as $6 billion in full-year sales.

3. 33 U.S. states have given the OK in some capacity, with 10 approving recreational pot

Although marijuana remains an illicit substance at the federal level, it hasn’t stopped 33 states from legalizing the drug for medical purposes. Even traditionally conservative states such as Utah have recently OK’d medical marijuana for select ailments. There are also 10 states that allow for adult-use consumption…

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