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 California Board of Equalization reports that the state of California could receive up to $1.4 billion in tax revenue if marijuana was legalized and taxed.

The figure is based upon placing a $50 tax on each ounce sold.  8.6 million pounds is produced each year in the state with a value of $13.8 billion.  The state would earn up to $990 million on the $50 tax and an additional $392 million in sales tax.

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The illegal drug trade in British Columbia, Canada is valued at $6.3 Billion. The products sold in the province consists mainly of cocaine and marijuana.

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Between 143 and 190 million people worldwide used marijuana products at least once in 2007.



25 million Americans smoked marijuana in 2008, according to government surveys.

Up to 100 million people in the United States have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime.

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800,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in the US state of Arizona in 2008.

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The black market marijuana trade in California is estimated to be worth $14 Billion.

Worldwide, the illegal marijuana trade generates over $100 Billion.


The black market trade in marijuana represents between 1.5 and 4.6 percent of the GDP of Canada‘s British Columbia province.

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Marijuana possession makes up roughly 40 percent of the United States 1.8 million annual drug arrests.

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According to the 2005 United Nations World Drug Report, the total value of world’s marijuana market is $141.80 Billion.

164 million people use marijuana around the world.


7.7 percent of the population in Poland smoked marijuana at least once in their lifetime, and 0.8 percent of the population last used cocaine in 2005.

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