2017 has been a very eventful and successful year for the marijuana industry because it continues to grow at an unpredictable rate. Even during the early months, the industry was thriving and showing plenty of potential to thrive in 2017. Now, the industry is growing at a rate that is producing surprising statistics and numbers. This data indicates that the marijuana data will only continue to expand and surprise the industry.
In 2017, 45% of Americans have tried marijuana at least once, which is the highest percentage of Americans who have tried cannabis since 1969. This number is far more than the 12% of Americans who say they actually smoke marijuana, though more people are smoking than ever before. Of the people who say they smoke, 13% of them are men and 7% are women. Specifically 18% of people between 18 and 29 say they smoke and 13% of people in the lowest income bracket making less than $30,000 say they smoke weed. Another more surprising number is the 14% of pregnant teenagers who smoke cannabis. This is rooted in a bigger issue the National Institute on Drug Abuse found, that marijuana is increasingly introduced to younger ages, though there are still zero reports of deaths from a marijuana overdose alone.