Colorado smoked $1 billion of weed in 10 months

Updated: 

Citizens of Colorado have been able to legally consume weed recreationally and medically since 2014, and they've really been taking advantage of it.

In the first 10 months of 2016, Colorado cannabis shops reached $1 billion (£787 million) in regulated, legal sales, according to the state's department of revenue.

The state has a population of 5.3 million.

 the sun rises over Los Suenos Farms, America's largest legal open air marijuana farm
America's largest open air weed farm is in Colorado (Brennan Linsley/AP)

It's a landmark the state had come close to the previous year, with the residents of Colorado finally managing it in 2016.

The number of states in America where some form of weed is legal now stands at 24 - and with figures like the ones coming out of Colorado, states that have pushed ahead with legalisation are definitely benefiting economically.

Florida became one of the latest states to legalise weed for recreational use this year, and is expected to overtake both Colorado and California in terms of revenues by 2020.