Apr 20, 2021 - Economy & Business

Real estate's marijuana bounce

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo

The legalization of weed may be giving an assist to the commercial real estate industry, according to a member survey by the National Association of Realtors.

Why it matters: More states legalizing weed equals more demand for space to store, grow and sell it.


  • Over one-third of respondents in states where weed has been legalized the longest cited the marijuana industry as one of the many reasons why real estate inventory was tight.
  • In states where weed was legalized more recently, 23% partially blamed the industry for limited inventory.

On the residential side: Almost half surveyed in states where medical and recreational marijuana was legalized before 2016 reported lease addendums that restrict growing on the property — compared to one-quarter or less in other states.

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