As many of you know, and as I’m sure many of you have assumed, I’m a supporter of cannabis legalization. The fact that it’s illegal is bothersome to me, especially since the act that effectively prohibited the distribution and possession of hemp was done for the “best interest” of people like Andrew Mellon, William Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont Family, since it was considered detrimental to the success of the timber industry. Since the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (the law I am currently bitching about), over twenty million American’s have been arrested and/or convicted of marijuana-related crimes, effectively making it the most common criminal offense in the country.
Even though hemp plants have been an important facet of world cultures for thousands and thousands of years, a bunch of pissed-off, rich businessmen pushed Congress to make it illegal for anyone within these United States to have amazing experiences such as these:
Sorry about the audio and video falling out of sync. Watch it high and it won’t matter to you.
Anyway, so while I’m thinking about illegal pot and 8-bit cartoons, I look down at my phone and see Facebook notifications. Again, I start thinking and asked myself (and my Facebook friends) the following question:
“If a full legalization of cannabis were to happen, how many people would buy and sell it on Facebook?”
As I researched, the results were astonishing.
By The Numbers:
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007:
32,730,854 — Number of people aged 18-25 who admitted to having smoked pot.
35,300,404 — Number of people aged 26-34 who admitted to having smoked pot.
65,304,397 — Number of people aged 35-49 who admitted to having smoked pot.
89,268,446 — Number of people aged 50+ who admitted to having smoked pot.
Altogether, that makes 222,604,101 adults polled who admitted to having smoked pot at some point in their lives.
According to an October 4, 2012 article by CNNMoney, Facebook has over 166 million users in the United States, a number that is substantially lower than the above results from the 2007 NSDUH poll.
Let’s look at the 18-25 and 26-34 age demographics. These two are the ones that work best, by way of comparison. Within those demographics, 68,031,258 people have smoked pot in comparison to 91,300,000 (estimated) Facebook users within those same demographics, according to data collected on March 1, 2011 by socialmediatoday.com. So, to make the math behind this a little easier to digest, basically a little over two out of every three people within these demographics have smoked ganja. Possibly. Even with this being generalized information producing generalized results, is it so far-fetched to think that two out of every three people have smoked marijuana? Nah. Not really.
Keep in mind, I didn’t include those little bastard kids in this number crunch. They fuck a lot of things up for us adults.
So, in conclusion, it’s probably safe to say that around 2/3 of all Facebook users would probably buy and sell on Facebook, since in reality, that’s probably the best way to keep in contact with your dealer anyway. Hey, look at that! All that math for nothing!