Monday, June 25, 2012

10 Facts about Cannabis

  1. 42% of the US population admits to trying cannabis at least one time. This equates to about 100 million people.
  2. The percentage of Americans favoring cannabis legalization is the highest it has been in 40 years: 41% think it should be legal.
  3. 75% of Americans favor legalization of medical cannabis use.
  4. Mexican drug cartels make up to 80% of their profits from cannabis exported to the US.
  5. The value of the annual cannabis crop exceeds the value of wheat, cotton and corn combined, making cannabis by far the most valuable agricultural commodity in the US.
  6. 900,000 Americans were arrested in the last year for crimes related to cannabis.
  7. Nearly one half of all prisoners in America are serving sentences for drug related offenses.
  8. This amounts to about half a million prisoners at an average cost of $40,000 per year per prisoner.
  9. Legally regulated cannabis would save $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition: $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local level.
  10. Revenue from taxation of cannabis sales could range from an estimated $2.4 billion per year if taxed like ordinary consumer goods, to $6.2 billion if taxed  like alcohol or tobacco.

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Facts from Ralph Metzner's Blog

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