Cannabis FAQ’s, Quotes and Sources


Marijuana Legalization by State

Key Statistics


of U.S. population now lives in a state where marijuana has been legalized

29 states plus Washington DC have medical marijuana laws….

19 states plus Washington DC have operating dispensaries

8 states plus Washington DC have recreational marijuana laws….

4 with operating retail stores


How Safe IS Cannabis?

“Counting deaths from the substance alone, tobacco kills 480,000 people a year, alcohol kills 88,000, and marijuana kills absolutely no one.”

Shapiro, Maren. “No High Risk: Marijuana May be Less Harmful Than Alcohol, Tobacco.” NBC News. NBCUniversal, 26 Feb. 2015. Web.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Smoking and Tobacco Use.” Atlanta, 2016. Web.

National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” Washington, 2016. Web.

“Whereas, 1) Cannabis has little or no known withdrawal syndrome and is therefore considered to be minimally or non-addicting; and

Whereas, 2) Cannabis has many well-known medical benefits (including efficacy for anorexia, nausea, vomiting, pain, muscle spasms, and glaucoma) and is currently recommended by thousands of physicians; and

Whereas 3) Cannabis has been used by millions of people for many centuries with no history of recorded fatalities and with no lethal dosage ever discovered; and

Whereas, Cannabis therefore fulfills none of the required three criteria (all of which are required) to maintain its current restriction as a Schedule I substance…

On June 18, 2010,  Hawai‘i Medical Association passed a resolution…


How long have we been benefiting from the effects of Cannabis?

“Humans started growing cannabis crops over 8,000 years ago.”

Gray, Alic William et al. “Origins of Agriculture.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 29 Sep. 2015. Web.

“In 440 BCE, Herodotus wrote about the ancient tradition of cannabis steam baths.”

Herodotus. The History of Herodotus. 440 B.C.E. Web.



Cannabis is NOT habit forming or addicting 

“Most people who try marijuana, don’t even keep smoking marijuana.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.” Rockville, 2012. Web.

“There’s no danger of acquiring a habit.”

Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Cupples, Upham & Company, 1900. Web.



Cannabis is NOT connected to insanity or violence 

“Scientists PROVED marijuana was not connected to insanity or violence in the 40s. And in 1973, a bipartisan government commission recommended Nixon decriminalize it! But Nixon being Nixon — “

National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding.” 1973. Web



California Taxing VS Enforcing – The HUGE SWING in Economics that is occurring 

Sales tax would boost total revenues over $1 billion

In addition to the excise taxes, sales taxes could generate another $240 – $360 million, depending on the size of the total domestic market ($3- $4.5 billion). Added to a $50/oz excise tax, total revenues would be $1 – $1.2 billion

Another way to estimate the total tax revenues from marijuana is by drawing a parallel with California’s current tax on cigarettes. Fully one-half of the current price of cigarettes is accounted for by taxes and fees. On a $3.60 pack, consumers pay a $0.87 excise tax, $0.28 in sales tax, and another $0.74 for the tobacco settlement. A similar 50% level of taxation in a legal $3 – 5 billion marijuana market would yield $1.5 – $2.5 billion.

Spinoff Industries with Total Impact of $12 – $18 Billion

A legal market would generate additional benefits in the form of tourism and spinoff industries, such as coffee shops, paraphernalia, and industrial hemp. A comparable example would be California’s wine industry, which generates $51.8 billion in economic activity according to the Wine Institute [4]. With $12.3 billion in retail sales, the wine industry generates 309,000 jobs, $10.1 billion in wages, and $2 billion in tourist expenditures.

Extrapolating these figures to a legal marijuana market with 25% – 35% as much retail sales, one might expect $12 -$18 billion in total economic activity, with 60,000 to 110,000 jobs, and $2.5 to $3.5 billion in legal wages, which would generate additional income and business taxes for the state. With California taking the lead in marijuana legalization, especially strong spinoff benefits could be expected. For instance, Amsterdam-style coffeehouses would create jobs and be a magnet for tourism.

Another spinoff industry of note would be industrial hemp, which California used to grow in the Delta and Imperial Valley. The hemp industry in California could rival the size of the cotton industry, which now generates $3.4 billion in revenues per year according to the National Cotton Council.




The cost of marijuana enforcement in California currently can be estimated at over $200 million per year, as follows.

State prison (1500 prisoners @ $49 K per year – 2009 est.) $73.5 million

Jail costs (est. 40% of prison population) $29.4 million

Felony prosecution, court & probation (est. 8500 felony prosecutions (2008), SF DA’s office est. $9250 per case) $78.6 million

Felony arrests 17,000 arrests (2008) @ $732/arrest* $12.4 million

Misdemeanor court costs: $100 court time/case, 61,000 cases) $6.1 million

Misdemeanor arrests ($300/arrest,* offset by fines) —– $0

California Marijuana Suppression Program (OCJP) $3.8 million

TOTAL: $203.8 million


[1] M. Atha and S. Blanchard, “Self-reported drug consumption patterns and attitudes towards drugs among 1333 regular cannabis users,” Published by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit 1997. Cited in Leslie Iversen, The Science of Marijuana, Oxford Press. 2000, pp. 217-9.
[2] Caputo and Ostrom, “Potential Tax Revenue from a Regulated Marijuana Market”, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Oct 1994.
[3] D. Gieringer, “Economics of Cannabis Legalization,” in Ed Rosenthal, ed. Hemp Today, Quick Publishing, Oakland 1994.
[4] California Wine Institute, California Wine Industry Statistical Highlights, 2008.
[5] Crossroads Magazine (Masstricht), NIS News, May 5, 2008.