Recreational cannabis states see population growth, loss of US House seat
Published 8 seconds ago | By Andrew Long
The population in the 17 states where recreational cannabis is legal, as well as Washington DC, continued to grow over the past decade, a good sign for those markets in terms of potential marijuana consumers.
But overall U.S. population growth has slowed to Depression-era levels, according to an analysis of the 2020 population data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The slowdown has been attributed to recent immigration restrictions, an aging population and overall lower birth rates.
The data underscores how all businesses, including cannabis companies, must be alert to the nation’s shifting demographics, with the South and the West continuing to outpace the East and the Midwest in terms of population gains.
The census data also has ramifications for the political makeup of Congress, with adult-use states together experiencing a net loss of one member of the House of Representatives.
From 2010 to 2020 the total U.S. population grew 7.4%, or 22.7 million.
The 18 jurisdictions where recreational marijuana is legal – including Washington DC – grew a little more slowly but together increased by 6.3% and accounted for about 8 million of the nation’s overall population gain.
Nevada experienced the highest rate of growth, increasing 15% over the past decade and adding about 400,000 people.
California’s population grew only 6.1%, but that equals an additional 2.2 million people in the past 10 years.