It’s the season of thanks, and the expanding number of states legalizing cannabis is one reason to lift your glass in gratitude. More states are passing laws to make marijuana legal, which brings a host of positive changes. Whether or not you have a marijuana dispensary in your neighborhood, here are five reasons to be thankful for legal cannabis this year.

1. Marijuana Offers Real Pain and Anxiety Relief

Cannabis offers significant relief to a variety of patients. In states with legal marijuana prescriptions, cannabis is used to treat everything from anxiety to chemotherapy-related nausea.

2. Legalized Cannabis Reduces Crime

You can also be thankful for legalized marijuana because it reduces crime rates. As arrests for marijuana go down, police have more resources to address other crime. In Colorado, the first year marijuana was legalized, violent crime and property crimes went down.

3. New Jobs Sprout Up

If a city sets up a recreational dispensary, new jobs will follow. Not only must the dispensaries be worked by an informed team, but growing, packaging and regulating cannabis generates new roles. Be thankful that legal marijuana is doing its part to create new opportunities in a lot of communities.

4. Cannabis Creates Serious State Revenue

State government can collect serious cash to help fund local schools, road repair and more. If community improvement is not worth being grateful for, what is? In both Colorado and Washington, billions of dollars in taxes alone are expected to be collected by the state within a few years.

5. Stigma for Marijuana Use Is Down

More and more people support the legalization of cannabis, signaling that the stigma for use is on the decline. In spring 2017, one poll found that 61 percent of respondents supported legal cannabis use for adults.

Cannabis legalization is becoming more common across major cities and entire states, bringing with it new jobs and a significant stream of state revenue. This Thanksgiving season, be grateful for the increase in legal options and reduction in stigma for your favorite seven-point leaf.

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