Senator Limmer’s Pot Problem: The Truth About Two Ounces Of Weed


Senator Limmer’s Pot Problem: The Truth About Two Ounces Of Weed

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As the age-old adage goes, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) found out the hard way that this saying holds true, especially when it comes to cannabis. During a debate on marijuana legalization, Limmer claimed that “just two ounces (of marijuana) is equivalent to three joints.” The internet quickly let him know that his math was a little off, to say the least.

So, just how many joints can you roll with two ounces of weed? Let’s break it down, shall we?

Two Ounces of Weed: How Much Is It Really?

A lot of people don’t know that two ounces of marijuana is actually a lot more than it sounds— and that, with such a seemingly small amount, one can, if one were so inclined, roll quite a lot of joints with it.

To be fair, estimates differ as to how many joints, exactly, you can get out of two ounces. The Recovery Center claims just one ounce will yield “84 cigarette sized joints,” while Colorado Cannabis Tours says an ounce will get you “close to one hundred joints.”

Senator Limmer’s Math Is Way Off

Senator Limmer’s comments may have been well-intentioned, but they were way off base. A 2015 global drug survey found that “most users get about three joints from a single gram of marijuana,” per the New York Times.

To put that in perspective, there are 56 grams in two ounces. That would mean about 168 joints, per the above math — far more than the three Limmer suggested Friday (unless, of course, the joints are massive, as has been noted).

“We don’t know what kind of joints Republican Minnesota State Senator Warren Limmer has encountered, but they sound like the fattest j’s in the lower 48,” Rolling Stone wrote.

The Math: Breaking It Down

So, just how many joints can you roll with two ounces of weed? The answer is, it depends. If we use the estimate from Colorado Cannabis Tours, you could roll up to 200 joints with two ounces of weed. However, if we use the estimate from The Recovery Center, you could only roll about 168 joints.

Despite Senator Limmer’s Warnings, Legalization Is Moving Forward

Despite Limmer’s warnings, the Minnesota Senate voted along party lines to approve the legal cannabis bill, which will create a system for the growing, selling, taxing and regulation of marijuana for those aged 21 and over in Minnesota.

The bill would also expunge the criminal record of anyone convicted of non-violent marijuana offenses in Minnesota, and allow people to grow eight plants at home for personal use and to share.

There are some differences that need to be reconciled between the version of the bill that passed the Senate on Friday and the version that passed the House earlier this week.

Once that happens, the legislation heads to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk; he has pledged to sign it into law.


In conclusion, Senator Limmer may want to brush up on his marijuana math skills. While he may have thought that two ounces of weed is only enough for three joints, the reality is quite different. With estimates ranging from 84 to 200 joints, it’s clear that two ounces of weed is a lot more than it sounds.