20 December 2006

Marijuana, #1 U.S. Cash Crop

A study released December 18, 2006 states that marijuana is the U.S.'s biggest cash crop and promotes the drug's legalization and taxation.


The study estimates marijuana production valued at $35.8 billion which is more than corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion) put together.

Marijuana Arrests For Year 2005 -- 786,545 Tops Record High... Pot Smokers Arrested In America At A Rate Of One Every 40 Seconds
"Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 88 percent some 696,074 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 90,471 individuals were charged with "sale/manufacture," a category that includes all cultivation offenses even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger."
~Allen St. Pierre

YEAR...............MARIJUANA ARRESTS
2005 ..................................786,545
2004
..................................771,608
2003
..................................755,187
2002
..................................697,082
2001
..................................723,627
2000
..................................734,498
1999
..................................704,812
1998
..................................682,885
1997
..................................695,200
1996
..................................641,642
1995
..................................588,963
1994
..................................499,122
1993
..................................380,689
1992
..................................342,314
1991
..................................287,850
1990
..................................326,850

(Source:FBI Uniform Crime Report)

1 comment:

Doctor John said...

Still don't see decriminalization going through any time soon. The cotton, tobacco and alcohol lobbies are too wealthy and powerful.

It doesn't matter it's medical value, economic value, or political value...

I wrote that last line because we all know the benefits...I think wealth and power will win over benefits.