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Marijuana Is Us's Biggest Cash Crop
12-19-2006, 02:02 PM,
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Marijuana Is Us's Biggest Cash Crop
Marijuana is US's biggest cash crop
$35.8bn pot bonanza
Lester Haines | Tuesday 19th December 2006

A report into illicit marijuana cultivation in the US says it is now the country's biggest cash crop, having seen a tenfold increase in production over the last 25 years.

DrugScience.org's Marijuana Production in the United States puts the annual harvest at 10,000 tonnes, worth a cool $35.8bn (£18.4bn). Corn, meanwhile, weighs in at a mere $23bn, with soybeans marking up $17.6bn and hay a paltry $12.2bn. Dope is apparently the "biggest cash crop in 12 states", injecting more into the Georgia economy than peanuts and blowing away tobacco in North and South Carolina, The Guardian reports.

Unsurprisingly, the main centre for pot production is California, which supplies $13.8bn worth of weed annually.

The principal cause of the boom seems to be drug cartels moving cultivation to the US after increased post-9/11 border security closed traditional smuggling routes from Mexico. They often create plantations in "remote national park land", The Guardian notes.

The conclusion of DrugScience.org's revealing probe is, according to author Jon Gettman, that "the war on drugs is not working". He said: "Illicit marijuana cultivation provides considerable unreported revenue for growers without corresponding tax obligations to compensate the public for the social and fiscal costs related to [its] use."

The logical solution is, Gettman says, to legalise the crop - something which found little favour with the the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also wants marijuana to be reclassified from its current status as a Schedule 1 drug, a category which includes heroin. ®
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12-19-2006, 07:15 PM,
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maybe for the civilians, but for the government, the biggest cash crop is poppies (opium/heroin) and cocaine.

oh, and don't forget about alcohol. people always over look that one as if it weren't a legal mind altering substance.
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12-20-2006, 01:21 PM,
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Im not sure if this is true or not, but the only reason marijuana is illegal in the states is because they can't tax it?
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12-20-2006, 03:29 PM,
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Marijuana Is Us's Biggest Cash Crop
i'm sure they could if they wanted to (like tobacco) but you're right, people can just grow it for free. =)

they wouldn't see a dime of the profits. there's no capitalist corporation in control of mass production on the substance.
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12-20-2006, 09:26 PM,
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Marijuana Is Us's Biggest Cash Crop
there is one, but its strictly for medical reasons.

could you imagine what you would say if someone asked you what your job was?

"yea, I roll blunts"
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12-20-2006, 09:51 PM,
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hahah! exactly!
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12-21-2006, 01:03 AM,
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Quote:Im not sure if this is true or not, but the only reason marijuana is illegal in the states is because they can't tax it?


It has something to due with the marijuana tax act of 1937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marijuana_Tax_Act

In the United States, the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was one of the cornerstone bills that led to the criminalization of cannabis. It was introduced to U.S. Congress by Harry Anslinger, then Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

The act did not itself criminalize the possession or usage of cannabis, but levied a tax equalling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in marijuana. It did, however, include penalty provisions. Violations of proper procedure could result in a fine of up to $2000 and five years' imprisonment. The net effect was to effectively make it too risky for anyone to deal in the substance.

The bill was passed on the grounds that cannabis caused "murder, insanity and death". Today, it is generally accepted that these reasons were fictitious; in 1951, Anslinger himself claimed that he had no evidence to support such a thesis. However, new reasons had emerged by then, which pushed through a bill that superseded the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

In 1969 in Timothy Leary v. US, this act was found to be unconstitutional since it violated the Fifth Amendment, since a person seeking the tax stamp would have to incriminate him/herself.[1] In response the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was passed.

It should be noted that, while modern America uses the spelling "marijuana", in keeping with the most common spelling, the correct spelling for the Marihuana Tax Act is "Marihuana". "Marihuana" was the spelling most commonly used in Federal Government documents at the time. In keeping with prior law, it is still spelled "Marihuana" in some congressional bills such as HR 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005.
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12-29-2006, 11:29 PM,
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yeah, that's why, when you're busted with a quantity of it these days they charge you with tax evasion and the penalty is huge. but you can't go pay taxes on it because it's illegal. it's a horrible situation and like i'm always telling people, marijuana is used to "fight the war on drugs" while the government that's fighting that war is fueling it with profits from other illegal substances. jails are full of pot heads but not coke heads or heroin junkies. i know cause i've been there. i've also researched it. thank the CIA for this blasphemy.
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