The Coloradoan -- Following the release of a study last month that says Coloradans will consume 2.2 million ounces of marijuana next year, we decided to see what that would look like.
Now, for obvious reasons we couldn't get our hands on 2.2 million ounces, which is about 142,000 pounds of pot.
But what we could look at was 3.5 ounces, which is what the experts say a marijuana user would consume in one year.
This video shows you what 3.5 ounces of medical-grade marijuana looks like, although it's illegal to buy that much at one time. Instead, most people buy their pots in "eighth" increment -- 1/8 of an ounce. And eight is the marijuana equivalent of a six-pack of beer, and how long it takes to consume either depends almost entirely on the user.
The study conducted by an arm of Colorado State University aimed to help answer the question of how much tax revenue the state might collect by taxing marijuana under Amendment 64, which legalized pot last fall. The study also says an estimated 642,772 Colorado residents would use legal pot. Some would be new users emboldened by voters' decision to legalize pot, while some current users will stop because marijuana has lost its "forbidden fruit" draw, said the study by CSU's Denver-based Colorado Futures Center.
The study concluded that while existing and proposed taxes on newly legal marijuana will bring in about $130 million annually, that's not enough to solve Colorado's state budget problems, in large part because it will cost the state so much to regulate the industry. The price for pot, the study said, likely will drop to about $185 an ounce, or nearly $3,000 a pound.
Proponents of legal marijuana have long argued that legalizing pot would allow governments to collect taxes on sales, in much the same way that taxes were collected on alcohol after the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition.
This being Fort Collins, we also figured we should give you a comparison that involves beer, so here it is: Coloradans consume 33 gallons of beer per capita each year. The Beer Institute, which calculated Colorado's beer consumption, says other states are much higher. Topping the list is Nevada at 44 gallons per person. Colorado's consumption is also lower than New Hampshire, North Dakota and Montana.