Marijuana backers can also pitch the industry as an employment issue, with the industry expected to have a market value of nearly $22 billion by 2020. So far, marijuana sales have resulted in big business for both Washington and Colorado, the states that first legalized recreational marijuana. In 2015, licensed stores in Colorado sold $996 million worth of recreational and medical marijuana. In Washington state, marijuana sales hit a milestone in the first three months of 2016, surpassing sales of hard liquor for the first time.


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