Good news on the 10-month-old legal marijuana sales in Colorado front: No mass deaths, and sales are high as a kite.
Some interesting figures from research-land Colorado — sales revenue off recreational marijuana continues to toke upward, totals for August about $34.1 million, up nearly $5 million from July.
And supposedly for everybody (via the Washington Post): Total tax revenues from medical and recreational marijuana continue to edge upward. The state took in about $7.5 million in revenues from both markets in August, or about $45 million year-to-date.
Only if everywhere was toke free.
(Illustration found here).
The Post also notes: Medical marijuana also jumped sharply in August, after several months of flat or declining sales. Medical sales figures were just under the recreational total, at $33.4 million. One goal of creating Colorado’s recreational marijuana market is to shift customers away from the medical market.
So bizarre a weed can’t be pure legal, and free if you want grow your own — WTF!
And if there’s a positive, medical benefit, again — WTF!
From International Business Times in August 2012:
“There are no deaths from cannabis use. Anywhere. You can’t find one,” said Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School.
Believe it: In 10,000 years of known use of cannabis, there’s never been a single death attributed to marijuana.
“I’ve heard you have to smoke something like 15,000 joints in 20 minutes to get a toxic amount of delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol,” said Dr. Paul Hornby, a biochemist and human pathologist who also happens to be one of the leading authorities on cannabis research.
“I challenge anybody to do that.”
Meanwhile, it’s a fact that anyone can die from ingesting too much aspirin, or too much coffee, or too much wine.
Marijuana, on the other hand, medical or not, is not only non-lethal, but likely beneficial.
Several studies, some published as recently as a few months ago, have shown that marijuana can even be good for your health, and could help treat conditions better than the solutions being cooked up in the labs.
The late Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a former national administrator of the U.S. government’s marijuana research programs, appeared in a film about the business of marijuana prohibition shortly before his 2007 death called “The Union.” (The full movie is available on both Netflix and YouTube.)
“After dealing with about 10,000 patents in the last 15 years, I’d say about 200 different medical conditions respond favorably to cannabis,” Mikuriya said.
And the list includes Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, arthritis, depression, even effective with “morning sickness,” just to name a few highly-popular medical problems, and really no-telling how many more — everybody should be able pull one of those out.
Why the big prohibition? Maybe, the pharmaceutical industry?
Marijuana is medicine, and Dr. Hornby mentioned above, nails it: “It’s unlimited. Grow more, get more medicine. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want you growing your own medicine.”
High on the low, dude.