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21 October 2010

Reuters photo by Jorge Duenes

Randal C. Archibald of the New York Times might be excused if he had motor coordination trouble sending in his latest report:

TIJUANA, Mexico — Tons of marijuana — 134 tons, in fact — sat on a makeshift platform Wednesday on a military base here. And then, after a military band, after speeches by Army and police commanders, after a laborer sprayed fuel on the verdant, pungent bales, after college students and dignitaries and a throng of journalists took aim with their cameras, it was lit on fire.

And so up in smoke went the equivalent of a few hundred million joints in what Mexican authorities called the largest seizure of the drug in the country’s history…

How may joints is that exactly?  Based on calculations by people with too much time on their hands, I came up with the Woodstock Unit (WU) for mass consumption.  This is based on a rough calculation of marijuana consumption at the 1969 Woodstock Festival of one joint per person per day.  People in those far off days smoked skinny joints, and generally passed their joints around, so my rough calculation is 1.5 grams per person (500,000) over three days.  Assuming the 134 tons was metric tons, that’s 0.75 tons, or — using the U.S. units (although Mexico uses metric weights and measures, the press reports aren’t clear on which measurement is being used here)  0.826 U.S. tons.

So, 134 tons works out to between 110 and 111 Woodstock Units. The band didn’t play “Stairway to Heaven” but there were a couple of classics they should have included in their repertoire:


3 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 October 2010 6:33 am

    A foolproof way to spot a rookie undercover narcotics officer is to ask them what they thought of Led Zep’s set at Woodstock.


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