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Mass of US Marijuana Consumption

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"Marijuana." Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1988. "… habitual male users of marijuana have consumed 400 metric tons in 1980 …." 400
metric tons/year
Farmighetti, Robert & McGeverainder, William. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NY: Primedia, 2000. "1997 960 metric tons
1998 952 metric tons"
metric tons/year
Barron, William. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1982: 15. "… due to the 1981 survey Americans from the ages of 12 and up consumed over 1,300 metric tons of marijuana." 1300
metric tons/year
Drugs, Crime and the Justice System. US Department of Justice. Copyright Dec., 1992. "metric tons Produced Year 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
Marijuana Produced 13,693 17,455 36,755 25,600 23,650"
metric tons/year
Hearings Before the Select Committee on Narcotics. United States Government Printing Office. Washington, DC. 1978. "From 8 million to 17 million pounds of marijuana are required to meet the annual demand." 3,600-7,700
metric tons/year

Marijuana is one of the major drugs that are being used in the United States currently. As you can see from these numbers on the chart above there are huge amounts passing through the United States in terms of mass that is being consumed. Marijuana is basically an illegal drug in the United States however is legal in other places such as Amsterdam. People still use this drug in the United States and there are many arrests made for the possession of marijuana. There are some instances where marijuana is legal in the United States where it is called Medicinal Marijuana. However there have been many movements to attempt to legalize marijuana in some states, none have passed. Marijuana is a drug that after some time one can get addicted to as well.

Jerard Z. Kneifati-Hayek -- 2005