Skip to comments.Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed
Posted on 07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
And most is consumed by a minority of daily users.
About 9% of Colorados population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenues Marijuana Enforcement Division and the states Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, its estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year.
According to the report, that consumption calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data is 31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an older study by the Colorado Center for Law and Policy.
The states Marijuana Enforcement Division analyzed the market demand for the drug, which Colorado began selling for recreational use in January, in an effort to effectively manage production within the regulated industry, according to a press release.
According to the study, published Wednesday, the bulk of the demand for the drug comes from the most frequent users....
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Frito-Lay and the cookie companies must love this.
I wonder what their tourism stats will show. Hotel stays: up! Snack food sales: astronomically up! Productivity: tanked.
Cheech and Chong, the smug druglers.
Colorado is lost —
Yep. What company in their right mind is going to want to open up shop in Colorado after they hear this?
You don’t want 9% of your workers going “Yeah, maaaannnn..... lighten up, duuude.”
Washington states first pot shop closed on Friday.
Lack of inventory!
Any ideas what Obama was doing after he shot pool & drank beer with Colorado Gov. Chickenpooper the other day? Hint: Choom Gang.
Lol productivity, the same, you know stick it to the man bs
I was arguing about this at the gym. Bob said, “I’d much rather meet a high driver than a drunk driver.” I said, “A drunk will blow through a stop sign like it isn’t there. But a guy who is high will stop and wait for it to change.”
Frankly, I don’t want either on the road.
Everybody must get stoned -
I’ll never forget one time I was living in Las Vegas listening to a talk radio show on a conservative station named KDWN and the subject was whether or not marijuana was addicting and a pot-head called in extremely angry and abusive to the radio host and claiming loudly and with great emotion that he (the pot-head) KNOWS that pot is not addicting because he’s been smoking it every day for 10 years and he KNOWS he’s not addicted.
I don’t think it was a put-up job or satire or sarcasm. I think pot really does make people that stupid. That guy really believed that his 10 years of daily pot smoking somehow QUALIFIED him to say that pot is not addictive.
That’s like saying people who drink alcohol every day for years are not alcoholics - it is ridiculous to think either are not addicted.
“It’s my right to be stoned at work!”/s
Testing grounds, if we can keep them high and disengaged we can roll them over
I know that almost by definition alcoholics tend to deny that they are alcoholics. But they don’t deny that alcoholism exists, they just say “that’s not me”.
But this moron (who is not alone, I assure you) wasn’t saying “I am not addicted” he was saying “pot is not addictive”.
It’s a big difference.
I know everyone wants to see equivalence between alcohol and pot, but there are many, many points of divergence.
This is one of the points of divergence, I believe, is that alcoholics defend themselves (”I am not an alcoholic”) while pot-heads defend pot (”there is no such thing as marijuana addiction”). In a sense, the alcoholics are much more reality-oriented, just in denial about where they are on the spectrum. Pot heads tend to deny that a spectrum even exists.
But the main point of divergence, in my mind, is that the effects of alcohol (especially for non-alcoholics) seem more temporary than the effects of pot (even for non-pot-heads), the first being water soluble, the second being fat-soluble. I think that creates a big difference in how long the side-effects last.
I do believe there is a long-term carry-over into memory and productivity with pot that is more dangerous than with alcohol, and certainly different. They are not the same thing. There is no equivalence.
I guess as our society moves to a permanent welfare state it doesn’t much matter if 10%, 20%, 30% or more people become permanently non-productive, permanently non-functional, permanently without the use of their short-term memory, permanently in denial about their own lifestyle. But it certainly is sad. To me, anyway. It’s certainly not something to celebrate.
That behavior illustrates another aspect of pot use. It precipitates psychotic disorder. I don't think it can be determined yet what the exact connection is--does pot cause it? Does pot induce the disorder to show up faster in people who were going to get it anyway?
In any case, pot causes brain damage, which is apparently permanent.
I think the link has been established between pot and “heightened psychosis” among people who already have psychotic symptoms. I’m not sure it’s been established that pot actually causes psychosis.
Also, I personally would not say pot “causes brain damage” if by brain damage we mean killing brain cells. Alcohol kills brain cells by gluing red blood cells together so that they clump in the capillaries, tear the capillary walls and rupture nearby brain cells in the process.
As far as I have read, pot does not kill brain cells. However the link to short-term memory loss is well established and new studies show the younger the user, the more permanent the effect. I would use the phrase “brain impairment”, not “brain damage”, since to me that second phrase implies destruction of brain cells.
Also, I don’t know what studies there are regarding productivity, but my own non-scientific observation of pot-heads leads me to believe that pot has dramatic negative effects on productivity.
I knew people that said exactly that. I do think it falls more inside the realm of mental addiction as opposed to chemical like some alcohol addictions can be.
I think you are right about that. There are no (or very few) actual physical withdraw symptoms with pot, while they are definitely present with alcohol in a true alcoholic.
However, that psychological addiction is extremely powerful. Extremely. And with pot legal and freely available, I would say that the bar to quitting pot just got raised a significant level for pot-heads.
Also, the very fact that pot is not “physically addicting” (or at least seems not to be), makes it very easy for a truly psychologically addicted pot smoker to convince himself that its easy to smoke “just once in a while”, where a true alcoholic, once he faces reality about himself, accepts more clearly that he must quit drinking completely.
“Everybody must get stoned -
But that song is about being stoned as in having rocks thrown at you until you are dead. the dopers are just too stupid to understand it
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