Around 78,500 felony and misdemeanor arrests for marijuana was made in the state of California in 2008. Around 74,000 marijuana arrests were made in 2007.
The illegal drug trade in Ireland is worth $927 Million (628 Million Euros)
In 2008, 35 million pounds of Marijuana was produced in Mexico.
According to a report by BBC News, there are more than 200,000 people in the State of California who purchase marijuana for medical uses.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) states that if marijuana, cocaine and opium was legalized and taxed, then the United States Government could receive up to $77 Billion a year.
According to the FBI, every 18 seconds an American is arrested for drug possession. In addition, of all the drug arrests made in 2008, 82.3 percent were for drug possession. Out of the drug possession arrests, in 44.3 percent of those cases the person was arrested for possessing marijuana.
In 2009, marijuana farms were found in 61 US National Forests across 16 states, compared to 49 forests in 10 states in 2008. The farms are spread out across the continental United States, with marijuana farms found in Colorado, Wisconsin, Alabama and Virginia.
The financial value of Marijuana in the United States is estimated to be $35.8 Billion.
The FBI Uniform Crime report states that there was 87,721 arrests for Marijuana in the United States in 2007.
In the summer of 2009, authorities in the US State of Colorado seized nearly 20,000 marijuana plants in national forests. Officials believe that Mexican drug cartels are growing marijuana in US national parks because the increase security on the border is making it difficult to smuggle drugs into the country.