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.
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.
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.
In the first ten months of 2008, authorities in Morocco destroyed nearly 4,400 hectares of cannabis plantations. Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis to Europe.
Drug trafficking in Morocco generates $12.5 Billion in revenue, according to the UNODC. The main revenue generating drug trafficked is marijuana.
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, smoking marijuana, visiting prostitutes and giving money to child beggars could be funding operations that trafficking children. The United Kingdom is a key transit hub for the human trafficking of children. Children from 52 different countries are victims of child trafficking.
In 2007, Mexican drug cartels produced 15,500 tons of marijuana, according to the US National Drug Intelligence Center.
3.2 million people in the United Kingdom used at least one illicit drug in 2008, according to the British Crime Survey.
The black market in marijuana in New Zealand is estimated to be valued at $98 Million (150 Million New Zealand Dollars).
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.