Colorado Sold Enough Weed for Almost Three Joints Per Resident
We knew the marijuana business in Colorado was huge, but had no idea the state sold enough weed that everyone in the state could have gotten high at least three times.
The Huffington Post reports Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in 2014, the first-year recreational use of the drug was legal. This adds up to roughly three joints for every person living in the state.
Even more eye-opening is the state sold 50 tons of medical marijuana during the same period.
In other words,134,000 pounds of marijuana has been harvested from the estimated half-million pot plants now being grown in the state.
Colorado tax officials say sales of marijuana hit nearly $700 million with medical marijuana accounting for $386 million and recreational marijuana sales at $313 million.
In a Denver Post report, 12.7% of people of the state's population over the age of 12 have admitted to consuming marijuana in the last month, making Colorado second only to Rhode Island for consumption.
While this may seem alarming, it's difficult to determine how many of these people were using marijuana illegally before the passage of Amendment 64. It's also unclear how many people are traveling from neighboring states to purchase weed in Colorado.