RESEARCHER SAYS MARIJUANA HAS BECOME NATION'S LARGEST CASH CROP

12/28/06

Our guest, Jon Gettman with Drugscience.org says: "The most recent and on US marijuana production reveals that not only is cannabis now the largest cash crop in the United States, but also that according to US Government data domestic marijuana cultivation has grown ten-fold over the last 25 years. This new report on marijuana production was recently published in the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform and distributed to the national media by the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2006 domestic marijuana cultivation was worth $35.8 billion, more than corn and wheat combined. Over 56 million marijuana plants were cultivated outdoors with a value of $31.7 billion and 11.7 million plants were cultivated indoors at a value of $4.1 billion." Gettman discussed this research as well as law enforcement, medical, and tax issues related to marijuana.

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