Marijuana legalization in Massachusetts could rake in a whopping $1 billion in 4 years

The Marijuana Industry Could Be At Risk Of Corporate Takeover

Marijuana sales could surpass $1 billion in the state of Massachusetts by the year 2020 — if the state chooses to legalize weed for recreational purposes in the fall, that is. A new study by ArcView Market Research, a marijuana data group, and New Frontier, an industry reporting authority on cannabis, indicates enormous implications for state tax revenue, should Massachusetts choose to regulate and tax the drug.

According to the research, the state's total cannabis market would amass $1.17 billion in revenue by 2020, the Boston Globe reported Sunday. Researchers note the bulk of this explosive growth in revenue would primarily come from "adult-use" recreational marijuana, which could reach $300 million in revenue in 2018.

Marijuana Legalization in Massachusetts Could Rake in a Whopping $1 Billion in 4 Years
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Two years later, that figure would more than triple, reaching over $900 million. Add to that the state's continued revenue gains from medicinal marijuana and, voila, Massachusetts becomes the home of a billion-dollar pot industry.

Check out some of the numbers detailed by the study below:

Massachusetts medical marijuana market in 2015: $7.9 million

Expected Massachusetts medical marijuana market in 2016: $78.7 million

Expected Massachusetts medical marijuana market in 2020: At least $240 million

See inside medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries around the country:

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: A man leaves Columbia Care, the first medical marijuana dispensary in New York City on January 7, 2016 in New York City. The law allowing medical marijuana was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014; the law stipulates that the legal marijuana may not be ingested by smoking it. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Corey Young, a founder of courier service CannaRabbit LLC, picks up a delivery of marijuana from a dispensary as part of a wholesale transfer in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. CannaRabbit and peers are rushing in as regional truckers and nationwide haulers United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. steer clear of transporting marijuana on concerns over the lack of nationwide clearance of a practice that is still illegal in most states. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 8: Takoma Wellness Center is a family run medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, DC. Employee, David Malpica, sets up the dispensary room before business hours on Sunday, March 8, 2015. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Marijuana sits on a counter after being delivered to a dispensary by the courier service CannaRabbit LLC in Louisville, Colorado, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. CannaRabbit and peers are rushing in as regional truckers and nationwide haulers United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. steer clear of transporting marijuana on concerns over the lack of nationwide clearance of a practice that is still illegal in most states. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA JULY 05, 2014 --- Shoppers lined up at one of many pot vendors stall at cannabis farmers market organized by California Heritage Market at West Coast Collective, a marijuana dispensary in Boyle Heights. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Vendors and growers prepare their displays for card-carrying medical marijuana patients attending Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer's of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Containers of the medical marijuana product known as 'Wax' are displayed at Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer's of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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If the legislation, proposed by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts, is included on the November ballots and approved by voters, marijuana would become legal for recreational consumption by anyone 21 and over in January 2018. ArcView and New Frontier suggested the market would explode soon thereafter:

Projected Massachusetts recreational marijuana market in 2018: Over $300 million

Projected Massachusetts recreational marijuana market in 2019: Over $600 million

Projected Massachusetts recreational marijuana market in 2020: $900 million

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