States that love beer are slow to embrace weed

Some beer-loving states are facing an uphill battle with marijuana

A classic crowd pleaser, beer has its appeal and is the intoxicant of choice for those who drink it. It is the most consumed alcohol in the world. In fact, beer is one of the most popular drinks in the world after water and tea! According to reports, global beer production increased slightly by 1.3% in the 2022 brewing year compared to the previous year. That's almost 50 BILLION gallons per year.

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The data clearly shows that cannabis is better than alcohol for many reasons. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. But states that love beer are slow to pull weeds. There are exceptions. If you run a beer distillery, you may have a good reason not to invest in marijuana. Generation Z is turning away from alcohol and in California, beer sales in particular have declined, in part due to legal marijuana.

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The number one beer state is New Hampshire. The Granite States have a higher rate of colds per capita than any other state. Although medical marijuana is legal, recreational use remains illegal.

Montana is a big sky country enjoying a beer while taking in the amazing views. Slow down to the dance, the state is right medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Recreational use was legalized in 2020 and dispensaries opened in January 2022

Vermont Guys, while you enjoy your beer, also enjoy your weed. The Granite State has legalized medical (2018) and recreational (2022) marijuana. Vermonters beat to their own drum.

North Dakota The state motto is “Freedom and Union, now and forever.” But when it comes to marijuana, there is no freedom of choice. While medical marijuana is reluctantly legal, recreational use is against the law.

Maine was a leader in introducing recreational weed and didn't have the drawbacks of beer. A well-oiled machine can become a winner in any industry.

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South Dakota mirrors its neighbor to the north, which is slowly allowing medical marijuana and viewing recreational use as a crime. Alcohol sales are booming in the sparsely populated state.

Pennsylvania has Philadelphia, the famous city of brotherly love, but they don't love weed. Medical marijuana is legal, but recreational marijuana is not. Which is interesting given the size of the state and the potential tax revenue that could be generated for its budget.

Nevada believes what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…but the larger casino owners had to be pushed hard to legalize both medical and recreational casinos. Now it boasts the largest dispensary on Planet 13 and soon there will be Cannabition, the revolutionary, immersive marijuana experience.

Hawaii allows servers to serve customers as long as they are 18 years old and there is a supervisor who is 21 years old or older. But weed is a big no-no. The state with an amazing international tourism base only has legal medical marijuana.

Wisconsin The state with the highest beer volume is also one of the few states where medical or recreational marijuana is banned.

Only 4 of the 10 most beer-loving states allow recreational marijuana. Some of the other smaller states that have legalized weed have seen no impact on beer, which is another case of live and let live.

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