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by Peter Moskos

November 4, 2010

What do we do with all that weed?

Explain this to me:

In the past few weeks about 155 tons of marijuana has been stopped from coming in from Mexico. Numbers of that magnitude tend to numb. I have no idea what 155 tons means. So I did some figuring. 155 tons is about 1,500 big men (or 3,000 very petite women). It's about 1.3 times what the space shuttle weighs (at landing). It's a lot.

And, according to the magic elves at google, 155 tons is 4,960,000 ounces, or about an 1/8th of an ounce for every 6 adults in the USA.

Can't picture an eighth-of an ounce? According to some crack online research here and here, 1/8 oz. is roughly equal to the amount of tobacco in 4 cigarettes (or 3 cigarettes whole). 1/8 oz of marijuana is more than enough to get a few people nice and high.

Now keep in mind, 1) there's a lot weed grown right here in the ol' US of A, and 2) There's a lot of weed still coming in from Mexico.

So how much marijuana are we as a country smoking? The amount seems truly amazingly astronomical.

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