Ohio just became the 24th recreational legal state and over 50% of the country live where you can got to a dispensary and buy a pre-roll, gummies, etc. States with legal weed benefit greatly from tax revenue, usually more than alcohol review and crime doesn’t increase. But what about legal marijuana and property values?

On average, in states where recreational marijuana is legal, cities with retail dispensaries saw home values increase $22,888 more than cities where marijuana is illegal from 2014 to 2019 according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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In general, states with full legalization are also states with a younger population and a larger industry bases, attracting a more broadminded population.  Also, a Gallup poll suggested household with over $100,000 income are most likely to support legalization.

Legal Marijuana And Property Values
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There are downsides in the home real estate market for cannabis users. Like tobacco, weed can leave an oder in a home which can directly affect selling/leasing a property. A survey by NAR released in April of 2023 discovered in states where medical marijuana is legal and roughly two-fifths of members in states where both medical and recreational marijuana are legal had no issues leasing a property after the use of marijuana in a property (similar to 2021). When there were issues, the most common issue was the smell, which 30 to 35 percent of these members had encountered.

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With commercial real estate, there is also interesting data. States where medical and recreational marijuana use is legal, there has been an increased demand in warehouses and storefronts. There is also an increase in property purchasing over leasing in the past year, the majority have seen the increases with warehouses, followed by land, and storefronts.

Another study shows residential property values in legal states outpaced those which still ban marijuana by $48,983 over the past decade. This recently released research is from Real Estate Witch, an online publication owned by Clever Real Estate.

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