The amount of marijuana smoked, eaten and otherwise consumed in Washington each year is double the original projections. That’s according to a long-awaited study out Wednesday from the RAND Corporation. The findings come as Washington prepares to license hundreds of new marijuana businesses.
If there is such a thing, the typical pot smoker in Washington is a white male, 35 or younger with some college education. And he smokes a lot more weed than anyone thought. That’s the composite that emerges from the RAND Corporation’s report titled “Before the Grand Opening” – a reference to Washington’s new pot marketplace set to open next year. The study’s lead author is Beau Kilmer. He says RAND’s estimate this year – before any pot stores open – is Washingtonians will consume about 175 metric tons of marijuana.
Kilmer: “And if you think about that in terms of half gram joints that would be about 350 million joints.”
The RAND study also concludes that 80-percent of that pot is consumed by just 20-percent of the users. Washington’s Liquor Control Board previously decided to limit production to 80 metric tons a year. This study won’t change that. The assumption is regulated retail stores will only capture about a quarter of the marijuana market in the first year.
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