420 Infographic Mashup

Marijuana has inspired a lot of artists to great heights. Now that the move toward legal marijuana is in full swing, that art can actually be a powerful force in changing cannabis policy. By combining interesting facts with a colorful presentation, these infographics make it easy to see the absurdities of prohibition. Be it the lost tax revenue, the absurd jail sentences, or the prohibition of medicine that upsets you, there is something here to help you prove your point.

What Time Is It?

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Ask any stoner and they’ll tell you the same thing: it’s time that marijuana was legalized. But if you’ve never been convinced by the slack-jawed, baked musings of a political hippy, then maybe the numbers will change your mind. Check out the shifting scene of American drug politics, and make the decision for yourself.

Potential

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During an economic period like the one we’re experiencing right now, politicians typically look for any way to increase revenue, and for a politician revenue equals taxes. The usual approach to this is simply to raise the existing taxes a little bit to gain money. What if, however, we were able to introduce a completely new market to tax? How much money could be gained that way? Now you know.

How It Works

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I don’t think any of us need an infographic to let us know that marijuana makes people hungry, paranoid, or forgetful. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve always wondered why. If you’ve always been curious of what exactly is happening to your brain after you burn a bowl, here’s the answer.

State Laws Compared

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Do you have glaucoma? How about insomnia? Well, what about anorexia, cancer, or AIDS? If you do, and you find some relief by smoking marijuana, then these are the places to look at. If one ounce is enough, these would all probably suit your needs. Otherwise, you might need to go buy a half pound in California or a “60 day supply” (think of the potential) in Washington.

National Pride

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Everybody knows which countries smoke the most weed. Jamaica, the Netherlands, and Canada are clearly the world’s stoners, right? You might wanna check again, and get ready to give some props up for Papa New Guinea.

Modern Uses

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It’s easy to forget that the cannabis plant is useful for more than just its buds. Cannabis may hold the answer to problems as far reaching as limited food supplies, to the energy crisis, to deforestation. If you consider yourself a political smoker, I suggest memorizing these numbers. They are very useful things to know when battling a drug warrior.

Total Effects

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Where is the current marijuana plan taking us? We’re losing money, we’re throwing innocent people in jail, and we’re keeping sick people from getting the medicine they need. If you want to see the extent of the damage, look no further.

Unfair?

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Making marijuana illegal is a pain for all stoners. The insult with the injury, however, comes in the fact that alcohol and tobacco are both perfectly legal. Where exactly does marijuana end up on the scale of “dangerous” drugs? Here’s the numbers.

Timeline

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Finally, here it is. The complete compendium of the legal movement of marijuana through our country. From benign industrial product, to evil devil weed, and now at intriguing chemical intoxicant, see the progression of weed from the very beginning.

Written by on 04/20/2010 in Other - 14 Comments

14 Comments on "420 Infographic Mashup"

  1. Jayzen Freeze 04/29/2010 at 5:26 pm ·

    A shame class 1 narcotic riiiiight.

  2. mark richardson 04/29/2010 at 6:58 pm ·

    I have a B.A. in Psychology and studied a lot of chemistry some biology and much drug behavior and I have lived above a tavern in my youth studying most of the effects of many drugs but obviously the effects of alcohol on people the most. I also have worked in night clubs and a variety of bars and casinos as a bar tender or blackjack or some type of addicting entertainment much of my life. And cannot believe we still do not utilize marijuana to fix the economy and are still suffering the greed and ignorance(thru yellow journalism created from Hearst and Dupont and Anslinger(and his US treasury family connection) from the 1930′s-especially when it comes to jobs and industrial use not to mention the money wasted keeping privatized jails in business. Now-I would love a job looking for a way to educate the public that it would protect their children by having an age limit on it and tax it like alcohol. The big advantage is that marijuana does not burden the health care like alcohol and tobacco with all there deleterious effects. Hopefully this avenue can provide jobs for recently unemployed like me and at the same time help our country get back on it’s feet. It is the most patriotic thing we can do.

  3. Earl 04/30/2010 at 3:29 pm ·

    i love the shit….eeeehhhhaaaawwwww

  4. Alice 04/30/2010 at 8:44 pm ·

    We all know that it makes sense to legalize marijuana. I think the biggest problem is removing the fear of stigmatization that keeps people from properly organizing and making their voices heard. Once we become more open and casual about marijuana in our conversations and interactions, more people will be willing to come forward and say “Hey! That’s just not right!”

  5. ratel 05/01/2010 at 2:13 am ·

    Wow this is awesome, really puts the facts from the fiction apart.

    Keep the herb smoking, greetz from the Netherlands!

  6. jp 05/24/2010 at 4:52 pm ·

    new jersey has legalized medicinal now :)….so you know

  7. HAhahahaha 05/24/2010 at 7:46 pm ·

    love it <3

  8. double d 05/29/2010 at 10:23 pm ·

    time to legalize, decriminalization is a waste of time. loved the movie/documentary “The Union” lots of solid, interesting, information that all law makers should be forced to watch.

  9. the guy 06/03/2010 at 9:26 pm ·

    I’m all about decriminalization and regulation, but not necessarily legalization (complete, not medical). We don’t want children of our beloved country using marijuana because there really are dangers involved in adolescent use and long term use. I thought its kind of funny how the decriminalization of individual states one at a time seems to NOT be working…

    For example, the first illustration is actually demonstrating this, and is pretty much showing this in its three figures (kind of funny if you think about it carefully). Allow me to explain, Figure one shows the states where marijuana has become legal for medicinal purposes over the course of 12 years (some of which where it became decriminalized). 8 out of these 12 years had the movements for legalization. 14 states in these 12 years had legalized medicinally. This increases societal acceptance of marijuana, but what some advocates of marijuana legalization seem to forget or ignore is that this also increases the availability of marijuana as well as trafficking. Notice that the North East has some gaps in within the states where it is legalized and decriminalized. People who have had better access to marijuana and continue now may cross borders into another state, travel the country, visit relatives, while possessing marijuana. Likewise, illegal distribution to people in other states increases, but of course these statistics can’t be shown because nobody can record them. It is common sense though—basically as availability increases due to decriminalization, and peoples with easily obtained government growers licenses, so does the illegal distribution and possession of marijuana. So as you can see in the next figure, as arrests are going up in the 12 year span from 1996 to 2008 (the same years as indicated in the first figure) people tend to easily look to the government to blame (which in cases is justified) but also seem to forget the basic logic of the increase in availability/distribution of marijuana. Did I mention cost goes down as availability goes up? (I’ve certainly noticed— It increases individual use and availability). Then in figure three you get a bunch of sequential statistics that are basically one thing leading to another or explaining the stats presented before it. It starts with 1 person being arrested every 38 sec. Then onto the legalization in 14 states (don’t forget to note the 15 states indicated in blue in the map where it is decriminalized). Then onto the 49.8 % of drug arrests which are relevant to marijuana offenders…WELL DUHHHHH! Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the U.S., by A LOT, when compared to other drugs. If its availability and distribution increases through decriminalization of individual states one-after-the-other, and thus to the states where it is not decriminalized nor legal (the vast majority) then no wonder you get this larger percentage over the years. Then the next two stats you get only accentuate this: Number of arrests in 2007 and 2008 over 1 million, well what do you think would happen? This just explains an increase in the drug related arrest percentages, which leads to the previous percentage that was reported. And then the last one (everyone’s favorite) the 12 billion spent each year on taxes for prosecuting marijuana offenders. So, if you look at the statistics without bias and careful consideration of the consequences of all actions taken in the mess for marijuana legalization, the individual decriminalization is NOT working. Anybody following? If it leads to the ultimate goal of overall decriminalization in the U.S. or at least in the majority of sates (which takes time) then these stats will go down, but until then people need to deal with increases in statistics. Personally, in this economy a different method (although not probable or realistic), and the only effective way to make these ugly stats disappear, would be to decriminalize or legalize on a large scale.

    I guess we may just be doomed to tough it out for some time until the majority of the states reach decriminalization…but when they do, damn will we have some “release.”

  10. Teh 06/07/2010 at 12:24 pm ·

    Mark has it right. 100%

  11. michelle 06/08/2010 at 10:43 am ·

    new york has NOT decriminalized marijuana.
    thanks.

  12. Ashlie 06/10/2010 at 4:50 pm ·

    EVERYONE SHOULD POST THIS BECAUSE ELECTIONS ARE COMING AND THERE ARE A LOW OF GREAT FACTS AND STATISTICS THROUGHOUT THIS SITE THAT I THINK NEED TO BE HEARD BY ALL! THERE ARE SO MANY MORE BENEFITS TO MARIJUANA THAN THERE ARE NOT! I MEAN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL BOTH ARE WAY MORE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! AND THEY DONT HAVE ANY HEALTH BENEFITS!

  13. ichelle 06/23/2010 at 1:20 pm ·

    I love weed so very much. Please decriminalize it.

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