Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Marijuana 'top cash crop in US'

Marijuana is the top cash crop in the US, a report released on Monday says.

It says that despite intensive eradication plans, $35bn (£18bn) worth of the illegal drug is produced a year - more than corn and wheat combined.

The study was prepared by Jon Gettman, a public policy analyst who advocates reform of US marijuana laws.

Activists seeking the decriminalisation of the substance, say the report backs the need for change, a position rejected by government officials.

'Inherently harmful'

Using government reports, Mr Gettman estimates that 10,000 metric tons of marijuana are produced annually in the country.
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