Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pot is largest cash crop in US

When I was in high school, I wrote several pieces of legislation for student congress that would develop new strategies to regulate illegal drugs. The federal opposition to changing marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug (by definition, a drug with no medicinal value) is puzzling given the large number of state initiatives legislatively recognizing the medicinal property of marijuana for treating many conditions. See MedicalMJ.org for more information.

Marijuana is a huge crop in the United States and the government ought to decriminalize it.
Marijuana is now the biggest cash crop grown in the US, exceeding traditional harvests such as wheat, corn and soy beans, says a new report.

The study shows that 10,000 tonnes of marijuana worth $35.8bn (£18.4bn) is grown each year; the street value would be even higher. This dwarfs the $23bn-worth of corn grown, $17.6bn-worth of soybeans and $12.2bn-worth of hay. |Guardian|

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