Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Legalization Nation Index: A by-the-numbers collection from 2011 [Part II]

By David Downs
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM


$302.81: The average price of an ounce of high-quality weed in California (PriceofWeed.com, Dec. 21).

$412.15: The average price of an ounce of high-quality weed in New York (PriceofWeed.com, Dec. 21).

71.5: Percentage of US teens who say cannabis is "fairly/very easy to obtain" (National Institutes of Health).

67: Percentage of Americans who think the "War on Drugs" has been a failure (Angus Reid Public Opinion Poll, August).

50: Percentage of Americans supporting marijuana legalization (Gallup).

1,200: Number of local chapters of the NAACP now working to end the Drug War after the group voted in October to call for the war's end (NAACP).

97: Age of Doritos creator Arch West, who passed away in September.

14.3 percent: Likelihood that a weekly cannabis smoker in the US is obese (American Journal of Epidemiology, March).

22 percent: Likelihood that a cannabis abstainer in the US is obese (American Journal of Epidemiology, March).

35,000: Number of doctors represented by the California Medical Association who, in October, called for legalization of marijuana to increase research and reduce public harm (CMA).

50-plus: Percentage of patients in a MediCann survey reported they had used or were using marijuana as a substitute for prescription drugs (RAND).

$3.1 million: Six-month overseas sales of Sativex — a marijuana throat spray in stage-three clinical trials in the US (GW Pharmaceuticals).

131 billion: Base pairs of the cannabis sativa genome sequenced and published for the first time (Medicinal Genomics).

19: Percentage decrease in the traffic accident fatality rate for 20-29 year-olds associated with medical marijuana legalization (Daniel Rees, University of Colorado, 2011).

$100: Fine for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in California, starting January 1, 2011 (State of California).

35: Number of years it took to get possession downgraded from a misdemeanor to an infraction in California.

$250: Room-cleaning fee for smoking pot in a San Francisco hotel (field reports).

6: Number of California city or county voter referendums or initiatives to regulate dispensaries in 2011 and 2012.

5: Marijuana-related California initiatives seeking a spot on the November 12 statewide ballot.

3: Number of pounds allowable for personal use under the "Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012" currently gathering signatures in California.

504,760: Validated signatures needed to qualify an initiative for California ballot in November 2012 (Bill Zimmerman).

$1.5 million: Estimated cost to gather required amount of valid signatures to get on the California ballot (Zimmerman).

$34.4 million: Box office receipts for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (RottenTomatoes.com).

3.3 million: Number of viewers that tuned in to Episode Two of FX's Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and a pot-smoking talking dog. Wilfred has been picked up for a second season.

2: Billboard chart rank for debut of Wiz Khalifa's April release "Rolling Papers," which went gold. The single "Roll Up" went platinum (Billboard, RIAA)

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