Marijuana

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.

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.

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Source: Jesse McKinley, “Push to Legalize Marijuana Gains Ground in California,” New York Times, October 27, 2009.

Based on the following estimates, the illegal drug trade in Ireland is worth $927 Million (628 Million Euros).

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Source:  John Burke, “Boom time for dealers,” Sunday Business Post, December 9, 2007.

In 2008, 35 million pounds of marijuana was produced in Mexico.

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Source:  Steve Fainaru and William Booth, “Cartels Face an Economic Battle,” Washington Post, October 7, 2009.

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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.

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Source:  Emilio San Pedro, “California mulls legalising marijuana ,” BBC News, September 27, 2009.

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.

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Source: Patrik Jonsson, “Is war on drugs worth it? Maybe not, new FBI data suggest,” Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2009.

According to the FBI, every 18 seconds an American is arrested for drug possession.

In addition, of all the drug arrests made in 2008 in the United States, 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.

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Source: Patrik Jonsson, “Is war on drugs worth it? Maybe not, new FBI data suggest,” Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2009.

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.

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Source:  Stephanie Simon, “Pot ‘Plantations’ on the Rise,” Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2009.

The financial value of the illegal market in marijuana in the United States is estimated to be $35.8 Billion.

Source:  Adam Tschorn, “Marijuana’s new high life,” Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2009.

The FBI Uniform Crime report states that there was 87,721 arrests for marijuana in the United States in 2007.

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Source:  Adam Tschorn, “Marijuana’s new high life,” Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2009.

In the summer of 2009, authorities in the US State of Colorado seized nearly 20,000 marijuana plants in national forests.  Officials believe that drug cartels from Mexico are growing marijuana in US national parks because the increase security on the border is making it difficult to smuggle drugs into the country.

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Source:  Kirk Mitchell, “International drug cartels infiltrating Colorado’s national forests,” Denver Post, August 27, 2009.