17 Cannabis Stats You Should Know (And Probably Don’t)

1. It takes 800 joints to kill you from carbon monoxide poisoning – Cannabis: A History

2. Weed Users Eat 600 More Calories Per Day – Herb.co

3. But Obesity rates are 33% lower in potheads because it regulates sugars – Oxford Journal

4. 1 hemp plant can replace 12 trees – HempEthics

5. Blacks are 3 times more likely than whites to be arrested for weed (8 in some states) – ACLU

6. U.S. Legalization would earn $8.7 billion per year – AZMarijuana

7. States spent $3.6 billion on marijuana enforcement in 2010 – HuffPost

8. Legalizing would save $41.3 billion a year – CATO Institute

9. In 2016, the DEA seized over 163,638 lbs (74,225 kgs) of marijuana, nearly as much as all other drugs combined – DEA https://www.dea.gov/resource-center/statistics.shtml#seizures

10. 2.5% of the global population smokes weed – World Health Organization

11. The primary weed producing states are CA, TN, KY, HI, and WA, which produce 80% of the 22 million lbs – Mother Jones

12. 33% of crops are grown indoors, growing 4 plants indoors uses as much electricity as 29 fridges and accounts for about 9 percent of CA’s household electricity usage – Herb.co

13. 29 states allow medical, 8 allow recreational, another 7 allow CBD – Rolling Stone

14. Flower has up to 32% potency, averages 15%, and states like Colorado are trying to limit potency to 16% – CNN http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/health/colorado-marijuana-potency-above-national-average/index.html

15. THC can stay in the blood an average of 27 days – US National Library of Medicine

16. In 2013, CA authorities seized 329 grow sites, hauling away 1.2 million plants, 17,000 lbs of fertilizer, 40 gallons of pesticides, 244 propane tanks, 61 car batteries, 89 illegal dams, and 81 miles of irrigation piping. 72% of outdoor grows were trespassing, and half were on public or tribal land – Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/marijuana-pot-weed-statistics-climate-change/

17. CA uses 60 million gallons of water during cannabis growing season – Mother Jones


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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