1. Marijuana potency has increased substantially
Marijuana potency has increased rapidly in the last decade. With the legitimization of weed farming and research in the western U.S., enterprising individuals and companies have succeeded in breeding some absurdly potent strains. As reported last month, we’ve found and tested weed clocking in at an impressive 25.49% THC content, while the University of Mississippi (AKA Ole Miss) has claims to have registered specimen composed of 37% THC. Rebels.

2. Hash oil has spread across the nation
Hash Oil has been around for more than 40 years, but it’s never been more popular than it is today. The substance also comes in a fun variety of forms with an equally fun variety of names, but in all seriousness, the last 10 years -- particularly the last two -- have seen dabbing more or less conquer the U.S. And, despite the controversy surrounding the ultra-potent goo, hash oil will probably continue its march into the mainstream over the coming years.

3. Quality marijuana has become ubiquitous
It used to be an unfortunate fact that the weed available to the majority of people in the majority of states was either straight up schwag, or at best mids. Nowadays? You can find pot in almost any state in the U.S., granted you’ll probably want to be in or around a major city in more rural states.

4. Public perception of marijuana has improved 
About 48% of Americans have smoked pot at least once in their lives, and 52% of Americans favor outright legalization. Adults aged 18 to 32 favor legalization more than any other age group, with 65% saying they support legalization. More important, though, is the opposite demographic: only 33% of those aged 65 and older only support legalization, but that number is up a whopping 11% in just the last three years. In other words, the last reservoir of resistance is rapidly being flooded by an onslaught of aging pot smokers. The times they are a changin’.

5. Weed is recognized as a legitimate medicinal plant
Medical marijuana has come a long way since California legalized it in 1996 and created the “green card” system in 2003. Patients can receive medical marijuana in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Considering that medical cannabis has been around in one form or another for more than 4,000 years, it’s about damn time.