Californians smoke 16 million ounces of pot a year

March 11, 2010

Here’s something that might keep Sheriff Pat Hedges awake at night: A new state report indicates that Californians smoke 16 million ounces of pot a year–that’s just less than one half-ounce a person for every resident in the state. [Sacramento Bee]

The report by the state Board of Equalization was prepared as part of a strategy by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana use by Californians over the age of 21.

The new report also says that California is the nation’s top pot-producing state, with an annual yield of 8.6 million pounds of weed valued at $13.8 billion. The figure represents more than one-third of the cultivation across the country.

Predictions call for the street price of marijuana to drop 50 percent once marijuana is legalized, but the study also suggests 40 percent more residents would turn to marijuana–that is, until the new tax kicks in and consumption would reduce by 11 percent.


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  1. rogerfreberg says:

    Well, reading the love-fest of marijuana users is quite entertaining with apparently a few visibly coming out of the closet so to speak.

    Say what you will, but parents who look at their children and excuse their behavior as ‘just a little marijuana’ have their heads in a dark place. NIH (2004) connects amotivational syndrome with marijuana use. Now, if you are really interested, there is a wealth of additional research listing the relationship of marijuana with breast cancer and psychosis. I am sure, if you are my age, you know more than a few people who smoked marijuana for years and now have throat, lip or mouth cancer.

    Check out:

    US Department of Health and Human Services. Marijuana: Facts parents need to know NIH Publication No. 04-4036. Washington, D.C: Author, 2004

    Oh, I would guess that the users of Marijuana need to feel that this stuff is actually good for them, that their children will turn out fine and that the world will be a better place. Mssr. Kaney would like us to believe that nothing bad comes from the use of Marijuana… oh, if it were only so.

    I am not here to tell people what to do… we’ve made our choice to avoid that crap and it worked for us.

    Good luck,

    Roger Freberg

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