In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to make marijuana legal for recreational use and sale. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have since followed suit, and the industry has become very profitable. According to figures quoted by Forbes, legal marijuana sales reached a record high of $3.4 billion in 2015—more than the sales from a few popular food and drink brands.
Forbes compared that number (up from $2.7 billion in 2014 and only $1.5 billion in 2013) to annual sale figures for beloved brands like Dasani, Oreo, Pringles, Blue Bell Ice Cream, and Girl Scout Cookies. Based on the numbers shown in the video above and the Forbes infographic below, more legal marijuana was sold last year than Pringles, Oreos, and Dasani combined. Already the fastest growing industry in America, some reports suggest that records will continue to be smashed over the next few years, with sales forecasted to hit nearly $23 billion by 2020.
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