We all know that cannabis is profitable. After all, why else would the war on drugs have gone on for so long?

(Just kidding. We also all know that the war on drugs has almost nothing to do with how profitable the marijuana industry might be.)

But maybe you didn’t realize that it could become seriously lucrative for the good ol’ U.S. of A. According to a report from IBISWorld, the cannabis industry could be worth an annual $13.4 billion dollars by 2020.

The report pointed out that cannabis workers, like bud trimmers and tenders, are some of the highest-paid entry level workers in the US, gliding in at as much as $15/hour.

For comparison, that’s about twice what a high school grad could make at McDonald’s in many places.

So marijuana could be the answer to all our economic, woes, too? It seems to good to be true. And that’s because it kind of is.

The report also found that the biggest threat to cannabis production — and the kind of jobs that could actually pull our society up out of what feels like a neverending recession — is actually the federal government.

Say what?

Luckily, there’s a silver lining. Even if the government continues to play hard-to-get with Mary Jane, refusing to change the laws to reflect a changing landscape, people are still going to partake. And states are going to continue to legalize adult use, just as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and many more in the wings already have.

So it really comes down to you and me and the advocates we know. By passing the right information on to our friends and striving for awareness everywhere, we can help the marijuana market to grow in a way that’ll help everyone.

And you can start right now — share this story with your followers to let them know just how big an impact cannabis can make.

Now that wasn’t too hard, was it?

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