Cannabis Facts & Quotes
- The legal market American marijuana Industry is estimated at $1.5 billion in 2013, is expected to quadruple by 2018.
- Worldwide, it is estimated that about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once per year, and 22.5 million use the drug daily.
- Each day approximately 6,000 Americans try marijuana for the first time.
- Forty-two percent of American adults say they have used marijuana.
- Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.
- After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular recreational or mood-altering drug used worldwide.
- It would take 800 joints to kill a person, and the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
Recreational Use of Cannabis
- Marijuana can cause increased visual sensitivity and heightened imagination.
- During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.
Hemp: The Superfood
- Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.
- Hemp seeds contain all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce on their own. They contain the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
- One person is arrested on a marijuana-related charge every 42 seconds in America, according to a 2012 FBI report.
- Sixty-four percent of Americans are against the federal government’s taking steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where marijuana is legal.
- The first cannabis law in the American colonies was enacted in 1619, and it required farmers to grow hemp.
- Smoking marijuana is actually good for your lungs.
- Cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.
- Cannabinoids have been observed to kill tumor cells but do not affect their non-transformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.
- Painful muscle stiffness, which affects the vast majority of people with multiple sclerosis, is eased with progressively stronger doses of cannabis extract.
- Medical marijuana is proving to be a life-changing treatment for children who suffer from dangerous seizure disorders.
- Marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements.
- Marijuana has been shown to help patients achieve complete remission’ of Crohn’s Disease with no side effects.
- Israel’s $40 million medical marijuana industry helps ease the pain of cancer patients and Holocaust survivors.
- The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.
- Marijuana was easily obtained at the local grocery store or pharmacy until the early 1940s.
- In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to offer medical marijuana to pain-suffering patients.
- In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to legally allow medical marijuana for patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation.
Cannabis Industry Growth
- “The medical marijuana industry has grown at a rate of 13.8 percent per year over the last five years to about $1.7 billion in 2013. Over the next five years, we’re going to see even stronger growth. It’s expected to grow 24.3 percent per year and approach about $5 billion [by 2018]. The majority of that revenue growth has come from the non-profit medical marijuana collectives.” – Nima Samadi, a senior analyst at IBISWorld
- “Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.” ― Richard M. Nixon
- “I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana.” ― Jimmy Carter
- “Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
- “When we ended the prohibition of alcohol, Al Capone was out of work the next day. Our drug policy is really anti-public safety and pro-cartel, pro-street gang, because it keeps them in business.” – Stephen Downing, Los Angeles’ former Deputy Chief of Police.
- “During my time on the border, I saw literally tons of marijuana come over the border from Mexico. Competition over the profits to be made from this illicit industry has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of individuals in that country, and an ever-increasing amount of violence spilling over into the United States, where the Justice Department estimates Mexican cartels now operate in more than 1,000 American cities.” – Jamie Haase, a former special agent in the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division
- ”We did not view marijuana as a significant health problem–as it was not….Nobody dies from marijuana. marijuana smoking, in fact, if one wants to be honest, is a source of pleasure and amusement to countless millions of people in America, and it continues to be that way.” – ~Peter Bourne, President Carter’s Drug Czar
- “Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?” ― Bill Hicks
- “The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense.” ― William F. Buckley
- “It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.” – U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382,442
- “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.” ~ Stephen King
- “Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.” ― Thomas Jefferson
- “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha
- “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” ― George Washington
- “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ― Carl Sagan
- “We should have the right in this country to do what we want, if we don’t hurt anybody. Seventy-two million people in this country have smoked pot. Eighteen to 20 million in the last year. These people should not be treated as criminals.” – Woody Harrelson
- “If the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.” – Terence McKenna
- Estimates suggest that from 20 to 50 million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast, aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.” – DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young
- “Keep in mind that up until 1943, marijuana was part of the United States drug pharmacopeia.” – CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta
- “If marijuana were discovered in the Amazon today, it’d be front-page news worldwide, a miracle drug,” Donald Abrams, M.D., UCSF
- “The importation and sale of marijuana is condemned and punished as a serious crime, but we accept as legitimate the manufacture and sale of an infinitely more addictive and deadly drug: the nicotine in cigarettes that cost the lives of 390,000 American citizens last year.” – Jimmy Carter