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Generation Z American consumers have come up in a time when cannabis consumption is growing more acceptable and it is anticipated that this demographic will be "twice as likely as the average American to use cannabis," Bloomberg reports.

Backdrop: In communities where the substance has been legalized for medical and recreational use, the minimum age to purchase marijuana is typically 21, so only a fraction of Gen Z — born between the late-1990s to mid-2000s — is old enough to partake. Last year, this demographic only accounted for 1% of legal marijuana consumers, but that number has nearly tripled this year, according to Bloomberg.

"It’s always hard to generalize about an entire age group, but early signs suggest it will be a generation of marijuana consumers, embracing legal pot to unwind or treat ailments," per Bloomberg.

Gen Z is the first generation born into an era where discussions about marijuana legalization are more mainstream as states legalize the drug, and the idea of federal legalization is thrown around.

Go deeper: 4/20 sells high: Corporate America embraces marijuana's big day

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Carbon emissions are roaring back from COVID-19

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Data: IEA Global Energy Review 2021; Chart: Axios Visuals

Global energy-related carbon emissions will surge this year as coal, oil and natural gas consumption return from the pandemic that caused an unprecedented emissions decline, the International Energy Agency estimated Tuesday.

Why it matters: The projected rise of nearly 5% would be the largest since the "carbon intensive" recovery from the financial crisis over a decade ago, IEA said, putting emissions just below their 2019 peak.

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Jurors resume deliberations as the nation awaits Chauvin verdict

Protesters outside Hennepin County Government Center on the day of closing arguments. Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial resume deliberations Tuesday morning as the nation waits for a verdict.

The latest: The 12 jurors met behind closed doors for about three hours Monday before breaking for the night at 7pm.

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What national marijuana legalization would mean for Colorado

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Colorado's cannabis industry is enjoying an era of prosperity as national attitudes toward marijuana become more relaxed.

Driving the news: 17 states have legalized recreational marijuana sales and pot enjoys its highest popularity ever with 68% of adults backing legalization, according to a recent Gallup poll.