This has turned into another banner year for the legal marijuana industry. Following the legalization of medical cannabis in Mexico last year, Canada has made good on its pledge to legalize recreational marijuana. As the first industrialized nation to do so, adult-use sales will become officially legal on Oct. 17, 2018, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
This push to legalize shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been keeping tabs on the public’s sentiment toward marijuana. According to national pollster Gallup, favorability toward the idea of legalizing marijuana in the United States has improved from just 25% in 1995, during the height of the War on Drugs, to an all-time high of 64% as of October 2017. In fact, five national polls have all demonstrated similar favorability for legalization, with support ranging from 59% to 64%.