Within the U.S., the marijuana industry has come an incredibly long way in just over two decades. According to a Gallup Poll from 1995, the year before California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis for compassionate-use patients, just 25% of respondents favored legalizing pot. Mind you, this was also during a time when the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program was still a mainstay in public schools.
However, just 23 years later, there are now 29 states that have broadly sweeping medical marijuana laws, and nine states that have OK’d adult-use cannabis. Gallup’s October 2017 survey also found