[extropy-chat] Total global capital tied to illicit drugs

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 1 16:45:48 UTC 2005

--- "Lifespan Pharma Inc." <megao at sasktel.net> wrote:

> I wonder just how many net  billions are involved in
> the supply chains 
> from field to user for the
> world's  illicit drug supply chains?

No aspect of farming has grown faster in the US over
the past three decades than marijuana, with one-third
of the public over the age of 12 having smoked the

While the nation's largest legal cash crop, maize,
produces about $19bn (£11.9bn) in revenue, "plausible"
estimates for the value of marijuana crops reach
$25bn. Steve White, a former coordinator for the US
drug enforcement administration's cannabis eradication
programme, estimates that the drug is now the
country's largest cash crop.


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