America’s One Million Legal Marijuana Users

June 2nd, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

We don’t know his or her name, but somewhere in one of 16 states and the District of Columbia is America’s 1,000,000th legal medical marijuana patient. We estimate the United States reached the million-patients mark sometime between the beginning of the year to when Arizona began issuing patient registry identification cards online in April 2011.

Between 1 and 1.5 million people are legally authorized by their state to use marijuana in the United States, according to data compiled by NORML from state medical marijuana registries and patient estimates. Assuming usage of one half to one gram of cannabis medicine per day per patient and an average retail price of $320 per ounce, these legal consumers represent a $2.3 to $6.2 billion market annually.

Based on state medical marijuana laws, the amounts of cannabis these legal marijuana users are entitled to possess means there are between 566,000 to 803,000 pounds of legal usable cannabis allowed under state law in America. These patients are allowed to cultivate 17 to 24 million legal cannabis plants. There may possibly be more, as California and New Mexico “limits” may be exceeded with doctor’s permission and some California counties explicitly allow greater amounts; there may be as much as 1 million pounds of state-legal cannabis in America.

Yet after 15 years, 1 million patients and a million pounds of legal marijuana, few if any of the dire predictions by opponents of medical marijuana have come to fruition. Medical marijuana states like Oregon are

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