The Daily Chart: Gone to Pot?

Evidence continues to accumulate that our rush to legalize marijuana is a major mistake, bot for public and mental health reasons, and for fiscal reasons (it hasn’t been the tax bonanza a lot of governments thought it would be, nor is it a great business, as some people predicted).

The Washington Monthly reports that daily pot use has now surpassed daily alcohol use, and from the odor of many streets in Manhattan I can believe it: “A new study has documented a remarkable rise in Americans’ use of marijuana. Over the last 30 years, the number of people who report using the drug in the past month has risen fivefold from 8 million to 42 million.”

Then there’s this:

Legalization and commercialization have produced a spectacular rise in the potency of cannabis products. Until the end of the 20th century, the average potency of seized cannabis never exceeded 5 percent THC, its active intoxicant. Now, the labeled potency of “flower” sold in state-licensed stores averages 20-25 percent THC. Extract-based products like vape oils and dabs routinely exceed 60 percent. Back in the 1990s, a person averaging two 0.5-gram joints of 4 percent THC weed per week was consuming about 5 milligrams of THC per day on average. Today’s daily users average more than 1.5 grams of material that is 20-25 percent THC, which is more than 300 milligrams per day. That is far more THC than is consumed in typical medical studies of its health effects.

And you only thought the nation was going to pot figuratively. . .

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