Memorizing stats

I was a bit puzzled by this article: If You Support Legal Marijuana, Memorize These 13 Stats

Here are the stats (and each one goes on to describe that it’s a projected tax revenue for some state or the potential market somewhere, or something like that).

  • $1.53 billion
  • $10.2 billion
  • $6.17 million
  • $98 million
  • $40 million
  • 7,500-10,000
  • $190 million
  • $105 million
  • $142.19 million
  • $36 million
  • $21.5 to $82 million
  • $134.6 million
  • $17.4 billion

I read it all, and, you know what? I didn’t care. None of that made a stinking bit of difference to me. Maybe there are some people out there whose minds would be changed by these numbers. But personally, I would throw all those out and just remember one word:






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13 Responses to Memorizing stats

  1. N.T. Greene says:

    I think this is aimed at Republicans or something.

    I don’t know, I worked all day. That’s the best quip I could come up with.

  2. Windy says:

    But personally, I would throw all those out and just remember one word:

    Exactly, that is the most important reason to restore the legal status of cannabis — personal liberty, which no government in America has been granted the legitimate authorization to limit or deny.

  3. B. Snow says:

    Just wait for the Prohibitches to spout a list of (highly questionable and/or flat out erroneous) figures – that they’ll call the “social costs”…

    They’ll be based on alcohol & tobacco – which they can’t prove are actually relevant in anyway (But for the “fact” that they *sound* “Awfullewly Scareweey”… *think Elmer Fudd for accurate pronunciation*).

    Still = they’ll predict, assert, presume, & assume that their B.S. ‘fear-centric’ numbers – pulled directly out thin air OR a nearby/convenient orifice – Are ‘true’ for their = “Back Of The Fast-Food Napkin Calculations”.

    Yeah, I went there – I’m not in a great mood… I spent yesterday sober again = for like the 8th year in a row (I think) its been so damn long – I’m not certain anymore how many years its actually been. I’m ready to throw-down with these moralist “holier-than-thou” bastards & I can legitimately pass a fucking piss test – I’ve got absolutely Nada, Nothing, ‘Zippolla’ to be worried about from them in that regard.

    I’m well versed in their standard “go-to” Lies & Bullshit – and I’ve read enough about this newest study written to support a new wave of “moral panic” – to know it proved nothing accept that there were differences in the sizes of certain parts of the brain among the grand total of 40 people involved in the study – but they didn’t control for a number of potentially confounding factors.

    And having the link to the Policy Mic Story – where one of the researchers is quoted saying:

    “I think I saw one headline that was ‘Marijuana reshapes the brain’ and I groaned — that’s not what we did,” said Dr. Jodi Gilman, 31, author of the now-famous Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital study on marijuana’s effects, in an interview with PolicyMic.

    And, This pretty much shoots down the ‘New Go-To Panic’ quite handily.

    “The conclusions were modest in the paper — we never say marijuana causes these changes,” Gilman said, who’s a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from Brown University. “The media may have given that impression in headlines, but the study doesn’t show causation.”

    *emphasis mine*

  4. kaptinemo says:

    Sadly, there were far too many in the past who, like Esau, sold their birthright – and ours! – for a bowl of slop.

    I suggest that if any are curious as to what I am pointing out, an excellent online book, very old but written when it was happening – spells out what happened and why it is still happening.

    It is not directly related to the War on Drugs. But it serves to illustrate how massive bureaucracies form and cause so much trouble when their rationale for their inception was supposed to be beneficial.

    Gary Garret’s The People’s Pottage

    The war on true freedom in this country has been going on for a very long time…

  5. Jean Valjean says:

    The Diane Rehm show just had a discussion with Robert Dupont and Nora Velkow….it’s available on podcast:

    The comments section are worth a look if your blood pressure is under control…no one is mentioning Dupont’s vested interests in prohibition.
    “The Business Of Legalized Marijuana And Ongoing Health Concerns”

  6. claygooding says:

    I could care less what state or federal taxes they project as “income” for legislators are,,if they are trying for more than three times what it costs me to grow my own they can kiss my ass.
    I can grow indoors for a little over $1 per gram,,this is econo growing and not optimum methods,,so anything over $75 an ounce retail price loses my interest and money.
    Not to say I wouldn’t occasionally buy some between harvests or even to party with but it is just too easy to grow to pay someone for doing it for me.
    And not to play down how hard it can be,,,it took a couple of crops to get enough production to pay for the lights and a couple more to figure out harvest time and curing,,it was a challenge for me because I had no experienced growers to show me hands on and had to rely on books and youtube.
    After legalization I will give outdoor growing seminars every 4/20 from then on and I will spread the knowledge because that is the next step in insuring that no government or corporation ever does this again.
    Spreading knowledge of the herb and Lady Sativa got us this far and it will keep her free. ‘end’

    UK has no role in Caribbean marijuana debate, says British diplomat

    Is this a signal from the UK that they do not intend to hold their provinces to the STC or spend any funding to keep them from legalization,,,a major thud for them.

    PS:Scamming is going on in CO retail market,,,smoked some alleged “Diesel” from CO and my bagseed sinsemillia is better than it was,,not in flavor but buzz.

  7. Francis says:

    Unfortunately, many of the people who support prohibition have a hard time grasping the fact that there’s a legitimate liberty interest involved here. And you’ll sometimes see them respond dismissively to the ‘liberty’ argument by saying things like: “so you think people have a right to get high?” I think it can be useful to turn that question around by speaking in dismissive terms about liberties that they may care more about. “Do people have a right to drink alcohol, use tobacco, or buy sugary sodas that are over 16 ounces?” (That last one is particularly effective against “conservatives” who reacted with — in my view, justified — outrage to NYC’s ban on sales of large sodas and the “nanny-state” mentality it represented.) More fundamentally, it’s important to reframe the liberty interest that’s actually involved. E.g. “The issue isn’t whether people have a ‘right to get high.’ The issue is whether an individual has a right to make decisions regarding his own body and consciousness, or, looking at it another way, whether anyone has the right to use violence against that individual in an attempt to control those choices.”

  8. Servetus says:

    Someone who is very anti-liberty, and makes a career of it, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has made a coy little joke in a CNN interview:

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan is on many Vatican-watchers’ short-lists as a papal contender, but he isn’t having any of it.

    “I said people who say that might be drinking too much grappa or smoking marijuana,” he coyly told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an in-depth interview on Thursday. “I’m flattered that people think that, but I wouldn’t bet the house payment on it.”

    Flattered? I don’t think any marijuana smoker could possibly want some twit, rightwing prohibitionist like Cardinal Dolan as pope, or even cardinal, bishop or priest. Dolan deliberately refused to get the U.S. based Catholic Church to back Obamacare because of his objection to the contraception mandate. When the Tea Party was pushing for default on the national debt, Dolan stood with them for the same reason: he doesn’t like the idea of people having sex for fun. The Cardinal and his collaborators are sick critters.

    Fifty additional reasons to boycott the Vatican and its anti-liberty redcoats and hatchet-men can be found here.

    • kaptinemo says:

      It’s going to take the prohibs a long time to adjust to their irrelevance. The majority of the electorate wants weed legal again. People like Padre Pederas- uh, er, Cardinal Dolan are whistling past the graveyard as fast as their motorized scooters can carry them…but it won’t help.

      Tens of thousands of the purblind who support prohibition are daily entering that graveyard, and not leaving. While tens of thousands who know the truth will, for the first time, see the inside of a voting booth this year, and given a chance, they’ll vote for re-legalization.

      Dolan can make whatever (microscopically) small jokes he can, while he can. Age and infirmity are hunting the prohibs, one and all. The Grim Reaper swings his scythe every day, and ever more impediments to freedom fall in syncopation with each swing. The way ahead is clearing daily. And the sour grapes from a leader of a priesthood known for child buggery is being drowned out by the rising strains of the overture of our victory.

      May it grate on their nerves as their lies did on ours…

  9. dancapo says:

    Can’t believe this stuff is being discussed in Congress.

    Incredulous highlights:
    -Ken Botticelli apparently has no idea who Henry Anslinger is.
    -He also had never heard of/could not respond to anything regarding the 1971 commission on legalizing Marijuana

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