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.

In 2008, 2.9 million marijuana plants were seized by authorities in California forests.  Halfway through 2009, 3.4 million marijuana plants were seized.

80 percent of the plants that were seized in 2009 were found on either Federal or State owned land.

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Source:  Jesse McKinley, “In California, Marijuana Growers Thrive,” New York Times, August 21, 2009.

From 2007 to mid-2009, law enforcement in Mexico seized 65 tons of cocaine and more than 9.3 million pounds of marijuana off the black market.

In addition, 4,220 weapons were seized in 2006, and 9,500 weapons were seized in 2007.

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Source: Ginger Thompson and Marc Lacey, “Mexico Drug Fight Fuels Complaints,” New York Times, August 18, 2009.

80 tons of marijuana is produced annually in Greece.

10 to 20 percent of the marijuana is consumed domestically, with the rest trafficked to other countries.

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Source: US State Department, “2009 INCSR: Country Reports: Greece,” February 27, 2009.


In the first ten months of 2008, security agents in Morocco destroyed nearly 4,400 hectares of cannabis plantations.

Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis to Europe, according to various criminal justice departments.

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Source:  “Morocco uses new technology to fight drug trafficking,” Morocco Newsline, November 18, 2008.

The illegal drug trade in Morocco generates $12.5 Billion in revenue, according to the UNODC.

The main revenue generating drug trafficked is marijuana.

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Source:  “UN Warns About Nexus Between Drugs, Crime and Terrorism,” United Nations, Press Release, October 1, 2004.

A new research study stated that up to one fifth of Britons could be indirectly supporting child trafficking based on their purchases of goods on the black market.

The survey by ECPAT stated that people purchasing pirated DVDs,  marijuana, prostitutes and giving money to child beggars could be funding operations that are trafficking children.

The United Kingdom is a key transit hub for the trafficking of children.  Children from 52 different countries are victims of child trafficking.

Source: Robert Booth, “Fifth of Britons unknowingly aid child trafficking, according to survey,” Guardian, August 14, 2009.

In 2007, drug cartels in Mexico produced 15,500 tons of marijuana, according to the US National Drug Intelligence Center.

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Source:  Tim Gaynor, “Arizona marijuana seizures hit all-time high,” Global News Blog, Reuters, August 7, 2009.

3.2 million people in the United Kingdom used at least one illicit drug in 2008, according to the British Crime Survey.

Selected breakdown on the drug users in the UK:

974,000 people used Cocaine.

586,000 people used Ecstasy.

2.5 million people smoked Marijuana.

125,000 people used Ketamine.

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Source:  Alan Travis, “Home Office reports big rise in cocaine use as street price falls,” Guardian, July 23, 2009.

The illegal trade in marijuana in New Zealand is estimated to be valued at $98 Million (150 Million New Zealand Dollars).

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Source:  Chris Wilkins and Sally Casswell, “The cannabis black market and the case for the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand,” Social Policy Journal of New Zealand: Issue 18, June 2002.

The US Coast Guard and the Border Patrol are seizing more and more drugs attempting to be smuggle by boat.

In FY 2007, authorities seized 996 pounds of marijuana being smuggled by boat.

In FY 2008, 6,300 pounds were seized.

Halfway through FY2009, 6,100 pounds were already seized.

The increase is attributed to stepped up patrols on land between Mexico and the United States.

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