Pot by the numbers: 50 ways to look at marijuana

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Leland Rucker

1. 5,187,582 – Population of Colorado in 2012.

2. 1,383,140 – Number of Coloradans who voted for Amendment 64 in 2012.

3. 1,116,894 – Number of Coloradans who voted against Amendment 64 in 2012.

4. 1,238,490 – Number of Coloradans who voted for Barack Obama in 2012.

5. 141,696 – number of voters in El Paso County who voted for Amendment 64 in 2012.

6. 141,686 – number of voters in El Paso County who voted against Amendment 64 in 2012.

7. $199,118,715 – Medical marijuana sales in Colorado in 2012.

8. $5,409,622 – Taxes collected on medical marijuana sales in Colorado in 2012.

9. $88,462,453 – Medical marijuana sales in Denver in 2012.

10. $2,407,341 – Medical marijuana sales tax collected in Denver in 2012.

11. $34,903,683 – Medical marijuana sales in El Paso County in 2012.

12. $924,509 – Medical marijuana sales taxes collected in El Paso County in 2012.

13. $24,473,658 – Medical marijuana sales in the city of Boulder.

14. $670,392 – Taxes collected by the city of Boulder from medical marijuana in 2012.

15. $279,000 – Cost for CU to stop 4/20 event in 2012.

16. $107,000 – Cost for CU to stop 4/20 event in 2013.

17. 108,483 – Number of active patients on Colorado medical marijuana registry as of April 1, 2013.

18. 108,440 – Number of active patients on Colorado medical marijuana registry as of January 1, 2013.

19. 40 – Average age of men on medical marijuana registry.

20. 43 – Average age of women on medical marijuana registry.

21. 735 – Number of grow operations in Colorado. 22. 411 – Number of licensed grow operations in Colorado.

23. 324 – Number of grow operations awaiting permits in Colorado.

24. 532 – Number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado.

25. 389 – Number of dispensaries that have licenses in Colorado.

26. 143 – Number of dispensaries in Colorado that are in the process of obtaining a license.

27. 146 – Marijuana-infused products companies in Colorado.

28. 69 – Marijuana-infused products companies in Colorado with licenses.

29. 77 – Marijuana-infused products companies in Colorado in the process of getting a license.

30. 68.2% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who have drank in their lives.

31. 41% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who have used marijuana in their lives.

32. 7.8% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who used marijuana before age 13.

33. 25.1% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who use marijuana at least once a month.

34. 9% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who believe that regularly smoking marijuana posed a moderate or great risk of harm.

35. 51.9% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who believe it is wrong or very wrong for someone their age to smoke marijuana.

36. 4.5% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who are current cocaine users (e.g., used some form of cocaine at least once per month).

37. 2.8% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who have ever used heroin.

38. 3.2% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who have ever used methamphetamine.

39. 11.2% – Percentage of Boulder County high school students who have ever used ecstasy.

40. 200,000 – Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction.

41. 7,295,880 – Number of Americans arrested for marijuana offenses between 2001 and 2010.

42. 784,021 – Number of Americans arrested for marijuana possession in 2010.

43. 88% – Percentage of all marijuana-related arrests between 2001 and 2010 for possession.

44. 192 per 100,000 – U.S. white arrest rate for marijuana offenses in 2010.

45. 716 per 100,000 – U.S. black arrest rate for marijuana offenses in 2010.

46. 11,009 – Number of Coloradans arrested in 2010 for marijuana offenses.

47. 10,343 – Number of Coloradans arrested in 2010 for possession of marijuana.

48. 6,000 – Number of Americans who try marijuana for the first time each day.

49. 162,000,000 – Number of people worldwide who use marijuana at least once per year.

50. 0 – Number of people who have died of an overdose of marijuana.

Sources: 1-6 from the State of Colorado, 7-14 from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, 15-16 from The Denver Post, 17-29 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 30-39 from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Study, Boulder County School District, 40 from Rolling Stone, 41-47 from The War On Marijuana — In Black and White (2013), 48-50 from RandomHistory.com.

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