To commemorate "420," or what's come to be known unofficially as National Pot Smokers Day, the Daily Beast compiled a list of America's "most stoned" cities. In case you're wondering, Detroit ranked 10th, with about 9.8 percent of residents identified as regular weed smokers. Meanwhile, we're averaging about 236 pot-related arrests per 100,000 people--and these numbers aren't even counting the rest of the metropolitan area.
While I'd argue that the number's probably higher than 9.8 percent (my evidence is purely anecdotal, of course), even the Beast's figures suggest that we need to stop treating weed like it's somehow worse than anything your typical county executive might ingest on a given Friday night. Michigan's lurching slowly in the right direction with the creation of medical marijuana laws, of course, but I hope that it won't take much longer for us to collectively realize the futility in squandering time and tax dollars in locking up more than 230 of every 100,000 Detroiters for something less harmful than your average pint of gin.
The Beast's numbers show that we're already lighting up. It's high time we lighten up, too.