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 November 1, 2013

marijuana jarThe Huffington Post recently released a survey that asked a bunch of questions about marijuana consumption. One of the questions that seems to have received the most attention was ‘If marijuana were legal in your state, how often would you buy it?’ Most marijuana media outlets reported that roughly 1 in 4 answered yes, they would buy marijuana if it were legal in their state. However, this statement is a bit misleading. When you look further into the survey, the previously mentioned result came from ‘those who have ever tried marijuana or would consider trying it and live in a state in which marijuana is illegal.’

So it’s not 1 out of every 4 who participated in the survey – it’s out of people that have, or considered, consuming marijuana previously, and live in a state where marijuana is currently illegal (not Colorado or Washington). When you state it that way, it’s kind of surprising that only 1 out of 4 people under those conditions would consider purchasing legal marijuana. It’s even more surprising when you look at the breakdown, where only 4% said they would do it often, 10% sometimes, and 12% rarely. I think if there was a follow up question to the same crowd of participants, ‘would you grow your own marijuana instead of buying it if it was legal to do so in your state’ it would reveal a lot.

I know if I was asked these questions, I would probably end up in the ‘rarely’ purchase category, but ‘often’ growing category. I would like to see a breakdown by participants split between Washington and Colorado, because I’d imagine results would be quite different for both states. In Washington, their legalization model doesn’t allow home cultivation, while Washington does. Obviously more people would be inclined to purchase legal marijuana in Washington than Colorado because they have to.

I hope future surveys throw in questions like ‘if your state adopted the Washington legalization model, how would you answer’ and ‘if your state adopted the Colorado legalization model, how would you answer?’ What is likely to become the ‘Oregon model’ of legalization would result in different answers for sure. People’s marijuana purchasing habits will largely be influenced by what model their state adopts. Habits will also be influenced by the supply history of each state. In a state where marijuana is scarce results will show more people answering yes. In states like Oregon where marijuana is already everywhere and people get it from friends for cheap or free, not as much.

To read the results of this very interesting survey click here.

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  • Michael Cross

    We don’t just want it here. We need it. I think it would help to slow the growing pain management industry and help stop addiction to hard drugs.

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  • Emerly Layton

    Not that I dont already but would make it tons easier if it were and I always will!

  • Nicholas Sakalauskas

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  • Kevin Russell

    I live in MA. and we have medical here now. It has been this way for a year now and I have had my card for 11 months. The problem is that their are still no dispensaries open,,,,,and even when they do I am 100% disabled and wont be able to afford it anyway. Hopefully the state will allow me to get a hardship license. From what I understand if you grow and get more than a 60 day supply( 10 oz.) you are supposed to turn the rest in to be destroyed …CRAZY HUH? If that is truly what they want I think they should take it and give it to the people who cant afford their medicine …Why WASTE it? Just sayin….I would rather just grow my own and be left alone….

  • MuleWagon

    Not unless I developed chronic pain or another medical condition. In that case, I would certainly try marijuana before Celebrex or opioids!

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