The federal government and Idaho have both approved medical marijuana, but it’s only in the last few years that medical marijuana has made a significant dent in the state’s marijuana industry.
In 2017, Idaho became the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana, making the medical marijuana industry the first in the US to be able to grow medical marijuana on the same property.
With that, the state has seen a significant increase in marijuana sales and production.
With so many people eager to get a high and start their own business, Idaho has seen an increase in both medical and recreational marijuana sales.
The growth of Idaho’s marijuana sales in 2017 is attributed to two factors: the state is now able to cultivate its own medical marijuana to make up for the lack of dispensaries, and recreational cannabis to increase sales to help offset the state government’s massive budget shortfall.
“We’ve seen a real jump in recreational sales, which is good news for the state,” said Mark Dube, a medical marijuana expert at the University of Idaho.
“There’s a lot of money to be made, and there’s a huge amount of demand for medical marijuana in the marketplace.”
The medical marijuana boom is also attributed to the state having the best quality of medical marijuana.
The state has a very strict, regulated medical marijuana program that allows patients to grow their own medical cannabis and provide it to a doctor in the patient’s state of residency.
As of last year, only one dispensary in the whole state was licensed for recreational marijuana.
Idaho was also one of only four states in the nation that allowed adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of medical cannabis.
“There’s no other state that allows adults over 21 to grow marijuana,” Dube said.
“That’s a big advantage to Idaho, because there’s so much demand for it in the market.”
Despite the booming medical marijuana market, Idaho’s recreational marijuana industry is still in its infancy.
Idaho is the first of three states in America that have legalized recreational marijuana at the state level, but the state hasn’t seen the demand for recreational weed that the medical market has seen.
“I think we’re going to see a very rapid increase in recreational marijuana use in the next five to 10 years,” said Dube.
“The only way you can control it is to regulate it as strictly as possible.”
In 2017, recreational marijuana became the most popular drug in Idaho, with Idahoans purchasing nearly $1.3 million worth of marijuana.
That’s more than $8 million more than last year.
According to Dube and other marijuana experts, recreational pot has the potential to be a very big hit for the local economy in the future.
“It’s very much like the internet of things, and it’s going to have a big impact on the local economies in the long run,” said Todd Jones, a business owner and member of the Idaho Cannabis Industry Association.