News, information and statistics about the illegal marijuana market. Facts about cannabis and illegal marijuana growing is collected from security agencies, user submitted information and other public criminal justice information.

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent found that more high school students in the United States smoked marijuana than cigarettes.

23 percent of high school students surveyed for risky behavior stated that they recently smoked marijuana, compared to 18 percent who stated that they smoked cigarettes. An early health survey conducted by the University of Michigan also found similar results. In that survey, students said that they smoked marijuana because the see it as being less dangerous than cigarettes.

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Source:  Associated Press, “More US high school students now smoke marijuana than cigarettes, CDC survey says,” Washington Post, June 7, 2012.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, seizures of marijuana in the State of California in 2010 accounted for over 70 percent of the nation-wide seizures. Authorities seized 188,297 marijuana plants in 2010 from 791 homes that were growing the plant indoors. Back in 2005, police seized 107,047 marijuana plants at 572 indoor growing homes.

Source:  Norimitsu Onishi, “Foreclosed Houses Become Homes for Indoor Marijuana Farms,” New York Times, May 6, 2012.

A 2012 report by the Partnership at Drug stated that 1.5 million teenagers in the United States smoked marijuana at least 20 times or more every month. The number of teens using marijuana increased by 80 percent from the organization’s previous report in 2008.

10 percent of teenagers also reported to abusing prescription pain reliever drugs, down from the 14 percent usage rate in 2010.

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Source:  “Report: Frequent marijuana smoking up 80 percent among teens,” CBS News, Health Pop, May 2, 2012.


85 percent of all marijuana grown and trafficked in the Canadian province of British Columbia is controlled by organized crime groups. The marijuana trade in BC generates up to $7.1 Billion (7 Billion Canadian).

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Source:  Canadian Press, “Tax marijuana, says B.C. mayors’ coalition,” CBC News, April 26, 2012.

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Law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka arrested 22,691 people for marijuana-related crimes between January and October 2011.

An addition 11,787 arrests were made for either using, dealing or trafficking heroin in the country, according to a report by the US State Department.

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Source:  “2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,” United States Department of State, March 7, 2012.

An estimated $6.1 Billion (6 Billion Australian Dollars) would be generated in tax revenue for the Government of Australia if illegal drugs were legalized, according to an opinion piece in The Australian.

From marijuana alone, the potential tax revenue for the Australian government would be $618 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars) a year.

Source:  Adam Creighton, “Taxing drug users could plug budget black holes,” Australian, Opinion, April 5, 2012.

2.1 percent of the population in the Philippines uses Shabu, a form of methamphetamine, according to the US State Department.

Consumption of meth in the Philippines was reported to be one of the major threats to the country, according to the 2012 International Drug Control Strategy Report. Security officials state that Chinese organized crime groups operating in the Philippines are the main players in the local meth trade.

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Police in the Philippine seized 250 kilograms of methamphetamine in 2011. The drugs were valued at $68 Million  In addition to the meth, police also seized 4.8 million marijuana plants and 818 kilograms of marijuana worth $17.4 Million.

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Source:  Jerry E. Esplanda, “UN drug report: Philippines has highest rate of shabu use in East Asia,” Inquirer, March 27, 2012.

According to the head of the Federal Drug Control Service in Russia, heroin is a $6 Billion black market and the largest illegal drug traded in the country. Marijuana has a market worth $1.5 Billion in Russia, and desomorphine (commonly known as Krokodil), is a $100 Million market in Russia.

Source:  “Russian Heroin Market Worth $6 Bln – Drug Police,” RIA Novosti, March 23, 2012.

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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the state of Utah stated that over 78,000 marijuana plants were eradicated around the state in 2011. A large portion of the marijuana is grown on remote public lands such as forests and mountains.

In total, the black market marijuana trade in Utah is estimated to generate between $500 Million to $1 Billion a year in revenue.

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Source:  Jed Boal, “Marijuana growers still a big problem in Utah,” KSL, March 20. 2012.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported receiving 6,959 calls related to synthetic marijuana in 2011, more than double the amount of calls centers across the United States received in 2010.

A November 2011 report found that one in nine high schools students reported to getting high off of synthetic marijuana, second only to traditional marijuana.

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Source:  Michelle Healy, “ER docs don’t recognize signs of fake marijuana in teens,” USA Today, March 19, 2012.