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America's cash crop.

 
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America's cash crop.
Marijuana top U.S. cash crop, policy analyst says

By David AlexanderTue Dec 19, 8:44 AM ET

U.S. growers produce nearly $35 billion worth of marijuana annually, making the illegal drug the country's largest cash crop, bigger than corn and wheat combined, an advocate of medical marijuana use said in a study released on Monday.

The report, conducted by Jon Gettman, a public policy analyst and former head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, also concluded that five U.S. states produce more than $1 billion worth of marijuana apiece: California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington.

California's production alone was about $13.8 billion, according to Gettman, who waged an unsuccessful six-year legal battle to force the government to remove marijuana from a list of drugs deemed to have no medical value.

Tom Riley, a spokesman for the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said he could not confirm the report's conclusions on the size of the country's marijuana crop. But he said the government estimated overall U.S. illegal drug use at $200 billion annually.

Gettman's figures were based on several government reports between 2002 and 2005 estimating the United States produced more than 10,000 metric tons of marijuana annually.

He calculated the producer price per pound of marijuana at $1,606 based on national survey data showing retail prices of between $2,400 and $3,000 between 2001 and 2005.

The total value of 10,000 metric tons of marijuana at $1,606 per pound would be $35.8 billion.

By comparison, the United States produced an average of nearly $23.3 billion worth of corn annually from 2003 to 2005, $17.6 billion worth of soybeans, $12.2 billion worth of hay, nearly $11.1 billion worth of vegetables and $7.4 billion worth of wheat, the report said.

Gettman said the 10-fold increase in U.S. marijuana production, from 1,000 metric tons in 1981 to 10,000 metric tons in 2006, showed the country was failing to control marijuana by making its cultivation and use illegal.

"Marijuana has become a pervasive and ineradicable part of the economy of the United States," he said. "The contribution of this market to the nation's gross domestic product is overlooked in the debate over effective control."

"Like all profitable agricultural crops marijuana adds resources and value to the economy," he added. "The focus of public policy should be how to effectively control this market through regulation and taxation in order to achieve immediate and realistic goals, such as reducing teenage access."

Riley said illegal drug use was a "serious part of the economy," but he rejected the notion of an economic argument for legalizing marijuana.

He said marijuana use was an "inherently harmful activity" with serious physical and mental health consequences. He said more American teens were in treatment centers for marijuana dependency than for all other drugs combined.

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Re: America's cash crop.
That's bullshit. The War on Drugs has eradicated marijuana and marijuana use!
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12/19/2006 02:39 PM
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That's bullshit. The War on Drugs has eradicated marijuana and marijuana use!
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They must have missed my neighborhood.
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12/19/2006 02:41 PM
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$450 / ounce.

I'd go broke if I weren't living by the Constitution and growing my own!

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Re: America's cash crop.
That's bullshit. The War on Drugs has eradicated marijuana and marijuana use!

They must have missed my neighborhood.
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The post you are quoting was "sarcasm", shit for brains. If it really has to be spelled out for you, maybe you should cut your cannabis intake back a bit.
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Re: America's cash crop.
That's bullshit. The War on Drugs has eradicated marijuana and marijuana use!

They must have missed my neighborhood.


The post you are quoting was "sarcasm", shit for brains. If it really has to be spelled out for you, maybe you should cut your cannabis intake back a bit.
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No shit, so was mine.
Maybe you need to up your intake a bit.
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12/19/2006 02:48 PM
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No shit, so was mine.
Maybe you need to up your intake a bit.
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I think you're right. I'm upping my intake. I'll swing by tonight. Now don't get paranoid and start shooting me you paranoid lunatic.
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Bring lots of cash, apparently, the price has gone up.
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No shit. Stan P is "Da Dankster"
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Excuse,

Pot is the largest cash crop based on a calculated price of $1,606. But that price only exists because pot is illegal.

If pot were legal, I wouldn't be surprised if it were $1.60 a pound, and then it would end up on the bottom of the list.

For myself, I don't smoke pot (or take any illegal drugs) and I don't think that anyone should. I don't think it's good for anybody, except in medical cases.

A few tokes on a joint and you're stoned, doesn't that mean that this stuff takes over you and controls everything you do while you're high?

No thanks, not for me.

Give me a Bud, anytime.

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