Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Minors make up 24% of current marijuana market

The average marijuana user consumes about 123 joints per year, according to an article in today's Seattle Times.  While the article discusses consumption data which the Liquor Control Board is using to determine what the new commercial marijuana market will look like, it does not provide a complete picture of who is currently using marijuana.

According to the Liquor Control Board, 24% of current marijuana users are under the age of 21.

For those 24%, the law that concerns them is not changing and they likely will continue to get marijuana the way they currently get marijuana: socially.  Virtually none of the proposed Liquor Control Board rules address preventing social distribution to minors.  Rules and already established laws that do address social distribution continue to rely on local police for enforcement.  In Seattle, current police policy is to not enforce marijuana laws and many jurisdictions state that they do not have sufficient resources to implement and enforce the new law.

The Seattle Times' article also touches on the issue of concentrated marijuana products, that was blogged about yesterday.

But the state recognizes that the joint is losing popularity, particularly with younger stoners. A panel discussion at the Drug Policy Alliance’s upcoming biennial conference is even titled: “Is the joint obsolete?”

Edibles, topicals and concentrates, such as hash oil, have become so popular that the state figures the market for those products will be as large as the more traditional buds and flowers combusted in joints and pipes.

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