Answer: Approximately 84 cigarette sized joints.

In the two states which recently passed legalization measures (Colorado and Washington), they allow for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. And Colorado also allows individuals to cultivate up to six plants.

1 ounce, 6 plants … doesn’t sound like much.

Yet, based on commonly used references which are presented in court to defend clients charged with trafficking:

  • 1 ounce of marijuana yields approximately 84 joints
    • 1 joint, at minimum, results in 4 hours of intoxication.
    • 84 joints x 4 hours of intoxication each = 336 hours high per ounce of marijuana.
    • 336 hours = 14 days of continual high per ounce.
  • And, those 6 plants?
    • According to the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), one plant yields between .4 to .54 pounds of marijuana.
    • With 16 ounces per pound, that means 6 plants = 38.4 to 51.84 ounces of marijuana.
    • 6 plants of marijuana = 538 to 726 days of continual high.

      Marijuana is light in weight; the impacts of marijuana use are not.


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