June 1, 2011
About 1.5 million Americans (who happen to be medical marijuana users) have now fallen into another government trap — a new 6.2 billion dollar a year market that logs users into a database upon issuance of a medical card or quote, “privilege”.
Methods have even been mapped out to thumb-scan purchasers in medical venues and more measures are ready to be enacted soon.
Not only is this big business that is taxable generating revenue, it also allows the government to monitor and control the supply of the (plant) so called drug.
A recent AlterNet article lays out some of the figures;
June 1, 2011
Market for these patients in sixteen states and D.C. estimated at between $2 to $6 billion annually.
We don’t know his or her name, but somewhere in one of sixteen states and the District of Columbia is America’s 1,000,000th legal medical marijuana patient. We estimate the United States reached the million-patients mark sometime between the beginning of the year to when Arizona began issuing patient registry identification cards online in April 2011.
Between one to one-and-a-half million people are legally authorized by their state to use marijuana in the United States, according to data compiled by NORML from state medical marijuana registries and patient estimates. Assuming usage of one-half to one gram of cannabis medicine per day per patient and an average retail price of $320 per ounce, these legal consumers represent a $2.3 to $6.2 billion dollar market annually.
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