According to new data, Americans were buying marijuana this year in record numbers, purchasing 67% more of the drug this year than last year.

Americans had bought almost $18 billion worth of marijuana products this year according to state tax and revenue data acquired and analyzed by Leafly.

Leafly found that 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.

Coronavirus looks to have helped the marijuana industry, especially since in March when many cities across the nation went on lockdown, marijuana was deemed an essential good.

Retail stores have been offering online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery as Covid-safe options for their customers this year.

This past summer Weekend Gardener surveyed to see exactly how much money Americans spend on Marijuana and found that 79% of U.S. cannabis consumers would buy marijuana just to have fun, compared to 74.1% that would use it for experimental purposes.

On the medicinal side, 69.7% would use marijuana to relax or just to feel more confident with themselves while 58.9% would use it so they could have better sleep.

The average amount each U.S. marijuana consumer spends on cannabis products ranges between $500 to $2,500 annually this year.


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