Keith Humphreys imagines the reactions of various stakeholders to this graph showing marijuana consumption Colorado.
- He imagines public health workers expressing concern about the bottom two bars and trying to promote policies that will reduce the amount these heavy users consume.
- Next, he imagines a corporate board room voicing interest in attracting users in the bottom two bars to their brand and finding ways to retain them.
- Finally, he puts us in the legislature, which is torn between improving public health and the tax revenue these heavy users provide.
He adds that this illustrates that there is no such thing as value–free policy.
4 thoughts on ““not all marijuana users are of equal concern to us””
Does this mean that two-thirds of users are daily users, or that two-thirds of the pot is used by daily users?
The latter, suggesting that most of the pot is consumed by a small fraction of users. The same is true for alcohol.
I’d be interested to know how many of the frequent users were Medical Marijuana patients, i.e. using Marijuana for a medical condition, much like diabetics use Insulin. At that point I don’t believe that the generalization of low income, mental issues, yada, yada, is correct.
Good point. Here’s the source report. I don’t know if they made any attempt to differentiate between medical and recreational use.
I’m guessing that findings like this are why he imagines public health workers describing daily users that way.
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