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People in states where marijuana is legal are eating more salty snacks and ice cream

Here’s something getting a nice high from recreational marijuana: snack food sales.

Sales of snacks in states that have legalized recreational marijuana had a compound annual growth rate of 7.2% over the last four years versus 6% growth in other states, according to data released Wednesday from research group Nielsen.

“Marijuana consumption has been clinically and anecdotally shown to increase a consumers’ appetite and enjoyment of food,” the report said. “And sales data from within the U.S. Census divisions where cannabis has been legalized for recreational use supports the munchies’ effect.”

There were $29.9 billion in salty snack sales from April 2018 to April 2019, according to Nielsen, up from $27 billion for the 12 months to April 2017.

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