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Once made legal, marijuana would be a $40-billion-a-year industry in the U.S.

Though not nearly as popular as alcohol or tobacco, marijuana has become part of the nation's social fabric. Some 30 million Americans consume cannabis in the average year.

Now decriminalized in 11 states and legal for medical purposes in 14, marijuana is no longer considered an enemy of the people in many quarters.
Between 10.1 percent to 10.7 percent have used pot on an any annual basis in the last decade.
With five arrests per 1,000 residents, Maryland had the most marijuana-related arrests of any state in the nation in 2008.
bout 1.25 million pounds of marijuana was seized in Texas. Authorities say states bordering Mexico get the most attention.
Getting caught with marijuana in Okalahoma could be costly. The fine for possession can be as much as $10,000, the highest in the country. Florida and Louisiana also have relatively tough laws.
Alaska and Georgia have the most lenient penalties on marijuana. Neither imposes a fine. Fines in California, New York, Oregon and New Mexico are also relatively light, ranging between $0-$100.
Oregon is home to the most medical marijuana patients, with 32,929 card holders in the state. Oregon's total population was 3.8 million in 2009.
Oregon decriminalized small amounts of non-medical marijuana in 1973. Those found with small amounts of the drug paid only a fine.
An ounce of medical marijuana in Denver, Colo. costs an average of $350 and lasts about six weeks for the average patient. Colorado is one of 14 states to legalize medical marijuana use.
In Hawaii, there was one marijuana arrest per 1,000 cases in 2008, the least per–capita rate of any state in the nation.
Wyoming seized the least amount of marijuana of any state in the country – just over 6 ounces. Wyoming is also the least populous state in the nation.
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