Legislators in Mexico City are expected to pass a series of bills to legalize and regulate marijuana at the end of October.
Here’s a look at the impact, by the numbers:
30 grams: the amount of pot you’ll be able to carry without committing a crime. That’s a little over an ounce for all you americanos.
60,000 people: the number of deaths tied to Mexico’s drug war from 2006 to 2012, the duration of the Felipe Calderón presidency.
2009: the year that Mexico City lawmakers decriminalized possession of up to five grams of marijuana.
$30 million per year: the estimated value of the weed market in Mexico City.
100 members: the proposed size of clubs where you would pay a subscription for up to 50 grams of pot a month. This would be a legal, regulated marketplace for weed.
67: the number of people featured in a newspaper ad supporting the legalization program, including actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.
8.9 million: the 2010 population of Mexico City, the largest city in North America
But don’t expect this number to go down anytime soon:
14.2 billion: the number of joints you could roll with marijuana seized by U.S. authorities on the Southwest border between January 2005 and October 2011.
Ted Hesson was formerly the immigration editor at Fusion, covering the issue from Washington, D.C. He also writes about drug laws and (occasionally) baseball. On the side: guitars, urban biking, and fiction.