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In 2010, authorities in Canada seized 95.5 tons of marijuana in 2010.

The year before, police seized 1.2 tons.

Source:  Sheila Dabu Nonato, “Canada a “significant” source and manufacturer of ecstasy: UN,”, February 28, 2012.

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According to the United Nations, synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy are the second most used illicit drug in the world after marijuana.

Source:  Jason Beaubien, “Mexican Cartels Push Meth Beyond U.S. Market,” NPR, February 16, 2012.

22.6 percent of student-athletes in the United States who participated in a 2009 survey admitted to using marijuana with the previous year. The number of student-athletes admitting to using marijuana was higher in 2009 than the 21.2 percent rate in 2005.

In the 2009 survey, 26.7 percent of football players admitted to using marijuana, up from 21.7 percent in 2005.

22 percent of college basketball players admitted to using marijuana in 2009, up from 18.6 percent in 2005.

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Source:  Associated Press, “Drug-testing expert says TCU bust is sign of increased marijuana problem in college sports,” Washington Post, February 16, 2012.


The Drug Policy Alliance reported that 50,680 people were arrested in New York City for marijuana charges in 2011. The number of arrests was the second highest number recorded. In the year 2000, there were 51,267 people arrested for marijuana in the city.

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Source:  Steven Thrasher, “NYPD Arrests for Marijuana Soar in 2011, Second Highest on Record,” Village Voice, Runnin Scared Blog, February 2, 2012.

In 2011, authorities in Jordan seized over 524 tons of illicit drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin and opium. Also seized was 9 million pills of Captagon, a stimulant drug prescribed to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Captagon is the most common type of narcotic that is smuggled into the country.

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Source: Zain Khasawneh, “‘Drug, arms smuggling increased fivefold in 2011’,” Jordan Times, February 3, 2012.

State media in Cuba reported that authorities in the country seized 20,240 pounds (9,181 kilograms) of illicit drugs in 2011, the majority of which was marijuana.

In addition, law enforcement detected 399 aerial drops of drugs to boats on its way to smuggle the drugs into the United States, an increase from the 108 aerial drops detected in 2010.

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Source: Associated Press, “Cuba says it seized more than 9 tons of drugs in 2011, open to narcotics treaty with US,” Washington Post, January 13, 2012.

According to a study published by Australian researchers at the start of 2012, around 200 million people around the world use some form of illicit drug. This is equal to 1 in 20 people around the world between the ages of 15 and 64.

203 million people use marijuana, 56 million people use amphetamines and meth, 21 million people use cocaine, and 21 million use opiates such as heroin.

Source: Katie Moisse, “200 Million People Use Illicit Drugs, Study Finds,” ABC News, January 6, 2012.

According to a study published in The Lancet, Australia and New Zealand has the highest number of marijuana users in the world.

As much as 15 percent of the population of the two countries between the ages 15 and 64 used marijuana in 2009, the highest rate in the world. By comparison, 11 percent of North Americans and 2.5 percent of people in Asia used marijuana.

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Source: Matt Siegal, “Marijuana Use Most Rampant in Australia, Study Finds,” New York Times, January 6, 2012.

During the 2011 fiscal year, the U.S. state of Colorado collected $5 Million in sales taxes from medical marijuana.Over 700 people are licensed to sell medical marijuana in Colorado.

The state collected $8 Billion in total sales taxes during the fiscal year.

Source: Matt Smith, “States say it’s time to rethink medical marijuana,” CNN, January 1, 2012.

At the end of 2011, there were 223 coffee shops in the city of Amsterdam selling marijuana. About 1 million foreign tourists visit the shops in the Netherlands each year.

A new law passed at the end of 2011 made it illegal for tourists to purchase marijuana at the coffee shops beginning in 2013.

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Source: Jurjen van de Pol, “Netherlands Stops Tourists Buying Marijuana in Coffee Shops,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 15, 2011.