ACRAMENTO — Over the years, marijuana law activists have claimed that hemp is the largest cash crop in the United States. Now, they quote government statistics to prove it.
According to a report released today by public policy analysts on marijuana, the market value of the pot produced in the United States exceeds $ 35 billion, far exceeding the yield of major crops in major countries such as corn, soy, hay, etc. I will do it Cultures
California is responsible for more than one-third of the marijuana crop, with an estimated $ 13.8 billion worth of grapes, vegetables, and state hay.
According to the report, despite continued efforts by drug law enforcement, marijuana production has increased tenfold over the last 25 years.
Jon Gettman, the author of the report, is a public policy consultant and influential advocate of the policy of excluding marijuana from inconsistent federal drug schedules in Schedule 1. Heroin and LSD, etc.
He says he is trying to disseminate data by legalizing and benefiting from cannabis treatment such as tobacco and alcohol while managing production and distribution to further limit teen use.
"Despite years of effort by law enforcement, they're not getting rid of it," Gettman said. "Not only is the problem worse in terms of magnitude of cultivation, but production has spread all around the country. To say the genie is out of the bottle is a profound understatement."
While preserving the verdict on the results of the investigation, the federal anti-drug authority has established an exception in Gretman's conclusion.
Tom Riley, a spokesperson for the White House's National Office of Drug Management Policy, cited foreign cases with large crops used to produce cocaine and heroin. "Coca is Colombia's largest cash crop and that hasn't worked out for them, and opium poppies are Afghanistan's largest crop, and that has worked out disastrously for them," Riley said. "I don't know why we would venture down that road."
The claim that the pot is the largest cash crop in America dates back to the early 1980s, when advocates for marijuana legitimacy began quoting an estimate from the Drug Enforcement Administration. In recent years, marijuana advocates have created a study to estimate the size and value of US crops.
Gettman's report cites figures from the 2005 State Department report, equivalent to 10,000 metric tons of cannabis estimates in the United States, or more than 22 million pounds - 10 times the 1981 production volume.
Using data on the number of books eliminated by police across the country, Gettman gave estimates of the likely size and value of hemp crops in each state. His methodology used what he described as a conservative value of about US $ 1,600 compared to the street value of US $ 2,000 to US $ 4,000, often cited by law enforcement agencies. law after the recession..
In California, due to the campaign of the marijuana planting campaign, nearly 1.7 million plants were captured this year, three times more than in 2005, the estimated value on the road exceeding 6.7 billions of dollars. Based on the rate of seizures over the past three years, California estimates that it has grown more than 21 million marijuana plants in 2006.
California ranks among the top provinces in the report for indoor and outdoor marijuana production. According to the report, there are 4.2 million domestic power plants in the state and that is worth nearly $ 1.5 billion. Washington State was ranked in the next rank and there were indoor cannabis plants worth $ 438 million.
California is also one of nine provinces that produce more cannabis than the resident consumes, Guetman says. According to a national survey on drug use and health, 3.3 million cannabis users in the state account for about 13% of all cannabis smokers in the country. However, the study emphasizes that California produces more than 38% of the cannabis cultivated in the country.
According to Gettman's findings, cannabis production in the country as a whole is estimated at $ 35.8 billion, more than corn ($ 23 billion), soybeans ($ 17.6 billion) and hay ( $ 12.2 billion).
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