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Report estimates cash value of marijuana crop

December 19, 2006

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— For years, activists in the marijuana legalization movement have claimed that cannabis is America's biggest cash crop. Now they're citing government statistics to prove it.

A report released Monday by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the United States exceeds $35 billion - far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay.

California is responsible for more than one-third of the cannabis harvest, with an estimated production of $13.8 billion.

The report estimates that marijuana production has increased tenfold in the past quarter-century despite an anti-drug effort by law enforcement.

Jon Gettman, the report's author, is a public policy consultant and leading proponent of the push to drop marijuana from the federal list of hard-core Schedule 1 drugs, such as heroin and LSD.

While withholding judgment on the study's findings, federal anti-drug officials took exception to Gettman's conclusions.

"Coca is Colombia's largest cash crop, and that hasn't worked out for them," said Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Mike Blur 7 years, 8 months ago

Millions, if not billions, wasted on eradication efforts and the marijuana trade is flourishing like never before.

Legalize it. Take it out of the hands of the underworld. The money saved from futile eradication efforts plus taxation will be a huge benefit to all state budgets.

If marijuana (and hemp) growing is legalized, Kansas could become one of the wealthiest ag states in the Union. Look at what tobacco - arugably a far more harmful and addictive drug than marijuana - has done for North Carolina.

In fact, if legalization was to be combined with some type of legislation limiting the size of commercial pot farms, small Kansas farms would see a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes.

Legalization is a win-win for everyone. Continued prohibition plus aggressive interdiction efforts is wasteful and futile.

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gontek 7 years, 8 months ago

They don't have to legalize it - just decriminalize it.

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prioress 7 years, 8 months ago

The drug "war" is welfare for the cops, the courts and the prison system. It has little to do with drugs, their potential for damage, or reality. If the govt wanted a real 'war' they would take on booze and ciggies. We all remember how well prohibition works, don't we? Legalization, treatment and education.....what a concept!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

"Coca is Colombia's largest cash crop, and that hasn't worked out for them," said Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.


What a stupid comment.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

That was even stupider than Riley's comment.

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