Some may think that $4.9 Billion spent by consumers in the United States on snack foods, such as Cheetos and Doritos, may be excessive. However, consumers in the United States spent over $5.1 Billion on legalized marijuana used for medical research, treatment as well as recreational use. Legal use of marijuana has only been adopted in a few cities and states in the United States in the past few years. It is widely believed by Jon Urbana that this number may be a conservative amount. As the use of marijuana becomes legal in more jurisdictions throughout the United States, the issue of its use for recreational purposes has become less controversial and more pragmatic. U.S. SPENDS MORE ON LEGAL MARIJUANA THAN SNACK FOODS
The debate regarding the merits and morality of legal marijuana use aside, the fact remains that $5 Billion spent on a substance that is only legal in less than one percent of the country requires many to question the expenditure priorities of the U.S. consumer. $5 Billion would fund a NASA space probe to the planet Pluto or the Mars Rover program.
As the medical applications of marijuana are explored in more detail, many believe that the number of jurisdictions in the United States that will legalize its use is expected to increase. This will mean that the current expenditure amount of $5.1 Billion may be easily doubled or even tripled in the upcoming year or two.