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The Legalization Nation Index

Wherein our medical cannabis writer compiles the most interesting weed stats of 2015. Sources in parentheses.

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Estimated amount of cannabis that Americans consume annually: 8.8–17.6 million pounds (WhiteHouse.gov)

Estimated number of "chronic" marijuana users (use at least four times per month): 12.9–17.6 million (WhiteHouse.gov)

Estimated number of daily and near-daily users: 5.96 million (WhiteHouse.gov)

Rank of California among domestic suppliers: 1 (WhiteHouse.gov)

Rank of Mexico among all suppliers: 1 (WhiteHouse.gov)

Percentage of Americans who support cannabis legalization for adults: 58 (Gallup)

Percentage of likely California voters who support cannabis legalization for adults: 56 (Public Policy Institute of California)

Percentage of 18- to 34-year-old voters in the United States who support legalization: 71 (Gallup)

Percentage of US seniors who support legalization: 35 (Gallup)

Estimated wholesale value per pound of high-quality, dried, trimmed, outdoor California cannabis: $1,500–$1,800 (interviews with farmers)

Estimated domestic retail expenditures on marijuana per year: $30–$41 billion (WhiteHouse.gov)

Estimated domestic medical marijuana market: $3.5 billion (ArcView Group)

Percentage of national medical pot sales that occur in California: 49 (ArcView Group)

Estimated number of pot farms in California: 40,000 (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Amount raised by Privateer Holdings to make investments in cannabis: $75 million (Privateer)

Amount raised by medical cannabis delivery tech company Eaze in April: $10 million (Eaze)

Percentage of cannabis industry execs who are women: 36 (MJ Business Daily)

Percentage of US business execs who are women: 22 (MJ Business Daily)

Percentage of US Congress members who are women: 20 (MJ Business Daily)

Number of US marijuana arrests in 2014: 700,993 (FBI)

Percentage of reported rapes that US police did not solve in 2014: 60 (FBI)

Percentage of homicides that US police agencies did not solve in 2014: 35 (FBI)

Rank of marijuana arrests among all drug arrests: 1 (FBI)

Rank of drug arrests among all criminal arrests: 1 (FBI)

Amount of money spent on domestic marijuana arrests: $3.6 billion (ACLU)

Percentage drop in pot arrests in Washington, DC since legalization: 99.2

Colorado cannabis tax revenue in 2015 (fiscal): $70 million (Colorado Department of Revenue)

Colorado alcohol tax revenue in 2015 (fiscal): $42 million (Colorado Department of Revenue)

Amount of Colorado cannabis tax revenue earmarked for schools: $40 million (Colorado Department of Revenue)

Percentage of summer travelers in Colorado who were at least partially attracted by legal recreational cannabis: 48 (Colorado Tourism Office)

Percentage decrease in violent crimes in Denver from 2013 to 2014: 2.2 (City of Denver)

Percentage decrease in overall property crimes in Denver from 2013 to 2014: 8.9 (City of Denver)

Washington cannabis tax revenue in 2015 (fiscal): $154.6 million (Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council)

Washington cannabis market value: $1.3 billion (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board)

Total recreational sales for first week of Oregon legalization: $11 million

Potential California cannabis tax revenue and savings per year under legalization: $1 billion (California Attorney General's Office)

Percentage increase in US teen marijuana use since 2010: 0. (National Institute of Drug Abuse)

Medicine

Percentage decrease in likelihood of bladder cancer among cannabis users compared to non-users in studies: 45 (National Cancer Institute)

Percentage decrease in likelihood of diabetes among cannabis users compared to non-users in studies: 30 (Epidemiology)

Percentage drop in pediatric epileptic seizures during clinical trials of cannabis extract Epidiolex: 47 (American Epilepsy Society)

Percentage of pediatric epilepsy patients who became seizure-free during clinical trials of cannabis extract Epidiolex: 9 (American Epilepsy Society)

Rank of cannabis on US government list of most dangerous drugs: 1. (US DEA)

Rank of prescription opioid hydrocodone on US government's list of most dangerous drugs: 2 (DEA)

Number of overdose deaths from cannabis in recorded history: 0 (Kaiser Permanente)

Number of overdose deaths from opioids in 2014 in the United States: 28,647 (CDC)

Percentage of deaths from overdose of opioids as a percent of all drug overdose deaths: 61 (CDC)

Rank of oxycodone and hydrocodone in opioid overdose deaths: 1 (CDC)

Number of opioid pain medication prescriptions written in 2012: 259 million (CDC)

Estimated number of Americans who die every day from opioid overdose: 100 (CDC)

Number of minutes that will pass before another American woman goes to the ER for prescription painkiller abuse: 3 (CDC)

Percentage drop in opioid overdose deaths in states that legalize medical cannabis: 33 (JAMA)

Number of signatures on petition calling for resignation of head of DEA after he called medical cannabis a "joke": 125,000 (Change.org)

California

Number of words in California's new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015: 30,000-plus (California Secretary of State's Office)

Number of words in California's original Compassionate Use Act of 1996: 376 (California Constitution)

California's new standard "dose" of THC, in milligrams: 10

Number of marijuana-related adult-use initiatives filed in California: at least 10 (California Secretary of State's Office)

Estimated amount of campaign funds needed to pass a cannabis legalization measure in California: $20 million (Marijuana Policy Project)

Number of marijuana-related initiative groups with funding: 1

Odds of California passing legalization in 2016, if effort is unified: 55 (Ben Tulchin of Tulchin & Associates)

Odds of California passing legalization in 2016 if effort is fractured: 0 (Ben Tulchin of Tulchin & Associates)

Percentage of Californians who rate legalization "not very" or "not at all" important: 50 (PPIC)

Estimated net worth of Sean Parker, who is matching all donations to California legalization: $2.5 billion (Forbes)

Top price of tickets to one of the Grateful Dead's final sold-out shows: $116,000 (StubHub)

Grams of dried flower legal adults 21 and over could obtain, carry, and give away under the leading 2016 ballot initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act: 28.5 (AUMA)

Grams of hash that the AUMA would make legal for adults 21 and over to obtain, carry and give away: 8 (AUMA)

Number of plants that the AUMA would make legal for adults 21 and over to grow: 6 (AUMA)

Dollar amount for infraction of exceeding personal possession limit: $100 (AUMA)

Number of days until the November 8, 2016 election: 321

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