Marijuana legalization opponent Heidi Heilman says today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent stronger than in the past

By C. Eugene Emery Jr. on March 30th, 2014

Our ruling
Heidi Heilman said, “Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear.”
Long-term testing shows that, on average, today’s marijuana is three times more potent than pre-1993 marijuana and eight times more potent than grass seized in 1976 and earlier.

We rate her claim as True.

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Editors note: This item was revised on April 1, 2014 to reflect the fact that increases of 300 and 800 percent represent four- and nine-fold increases respectively. The ruling remains the same. In the debate over whether marijuana should be legalized, one issue is the question of potency.

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