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.

The National Police Agency in Japan announced that there were 3,903 cases of marijuana in Japan in 2009.  The number of marijuana cases was up 74 from 2008, and was the fourth straight year of increasing.

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Source: “Cannabis cases hit a high in ’09,” Asahi, February 26, 2010.

Prescription drugs is the second most illegally abused drug in the United States after marijuana, according to the United Nations.

6.2 Million people in the United States were addicted to prescription drugs in the US in 2008.

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Source: Kate Kelland, “U.N. narcotics board warns of prescription drug abuse,” Reuters, February 24, 2010.

$224.5 Million (260 Million Australian) of drugs was seized in Australia in 2009. Marijuana was that largest drugs seized, with $164 Million (191 Million Australian) worth of cannabis seized by police.

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Source:  Peter Hawkins, “Ecstasy use up as police seize drugs worth $260m,” Sydney Morning Herald, February 7, 2010.


At the start of 2010, Mexico was the largest marijuana producing country in the world, followed by Paraguay.

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Source: Luis Andres Henao, “Latin America rejects old U.S. approach in drugs war,” Reuters, January 29, 2010.

One in four adults living in Scotland have taken illegal drugs at least once in their life, according to a report by the Scottish Government.

The most used drug was marijuana, followed by amphetamines, ecstasy, and cocaine.

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Source: “‘One in four’ Scots has taken drugs,” BBC News, January 26, 2010.

Nearly 62,000 marijuana plants were seized in the state of Texas in 2009, the highest amount on record.

36,280 marijuana plants were eradicated in 2008, and 40,172 marijuana plants were eradicated in the state in 2007.

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Source:  Steve Campbell, “Texas authorities seized record crop of marijuana this growing season,” Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 23, 2009.

In 2007, almost 10 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 to 59 used marijuana, up from 5.1 percent in 2002.

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Source:  Steve Hendrix, “Baby boomers find growing acceptance of marijuana use,” Boston Globe, November 22, 2009.

In the first 6 months of 2009, there were 1,446 arrests by security officials in Japan for marijuana related activities, a 21.3 percent increase from the year before.

Of the 1,446 arrested, 63 percent were people in their teens or twenties.

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Source:  Julian Ryall, “Drug conviction for Japanese singer reflects growing trend,” Telegraph, November 9, 2009.

According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the following figures represent the number of users of illegal drugs in Europe as of 2009.

  • 22.5 million people used a cannabis product such as marijuana in the European Union in 2008.
  • 2 million people used amphetamines and methamphetamine in the EU in 2008.
  • 4 million people used cocaine in the EU in 2008.
  • 1.4 million people used opiate products such as heroin in 2007 (last available year)

Source: “Annual Report 2009: The State Of The Drug Problem In Europe,” European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, November 2009.

Around 2.9 million marijuana plants were seized in 2008 in the state of California. The plants were valued at $11.6 Billion.

Source: John Hoeffel, “Seizures of pot plants up 52%, officials say,” Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2009.