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1. Estimated sales-tax revenue (in millions) generated for Colorado by medical cannabis dispensaries in fiscal year 2010: 5 (Source: CNN).

 

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1. Estimated sales-tax revenue (in millions) generated for Colorado by medical cannabis dispensaries in fiscal year 2010: 5 (Source: CNN).

 

2. Amount of money (in millions) School District 51 in Grand Junction had to cut from its 2011 budget due to revenue shortfall: 5 (Source: Grand Junction Sentinel).

 

3. Estimated number of Colorado dispensaries to receive “cease-and-desist” letters from the federal government in January: 23 (Source: Denver Post).

 

4. Percentage of Coloradans surveyed in December who believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational use: 49 (Source: Public Policy poll).

 

5. Percentage of Coloradans surveyed who believe marijuana should remain illegal for recreational use: 40 (Source: Public Policy poll).

 

6. Percentage of Colorado Democrats surveyed who support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use: 64 (Source: Public Policy poll).

 

7. Percentage of Colorado Republicans surveyed who support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use: 50 (Source: Public Policy poll).

 

8. Percentage of Colorado Independents surveyed who support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use: 75 (Source: Public Policy poll).

 

9. Number of people arrested in the U.S. on marijuana charges every minute: 2 (Source: The Rutherford Institute).

 

10. Ratio of African-Americans incarcerated for drug offenses versus white Americans incarcerated for drug offenses: 10 to 1 (Source: American Civil Liberties Union).

 

11. Taxpayer bill (in millions of dollars) for 2010 activities of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP)—California’s cannabis eradication force: 3.1 (Source: State Attorney General’s office).

 

12. Number of holiday-themed edibles—including medicated gingerbread houses and peppermint bark—offered in December at a Washington dispensary: 58 (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

 

13. Number of states that prohibit citizens convicted of misdemeanor marijuana offenses from adopting children: 38 (Source: Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics).

 

14. Number of states that impose lifetime adoption bans on citizens convicted of misdemeanor marijuana offenses: 7 (Source: Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics).

 

15. Estimated number of cannabis users (in millions) in Great Britain: 2 (Source: Royal College of Psychiatrics).

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