Thanks for the information and links. I didn't mean to imply illegal aliens used most of the drugs brought into our country from Mexico, but to state that not all drugs brought into this country are consumed solely by our citizens and legal residents. As you noted, the reports do not differentiate between legal and illegal Hispanic usage.
Spurred on by your post, I checked various DEA reports in an effort to find what percentage of confiscated marijuana was grown here in the USA. Oddly, every DEA report I read reported the number of plants confiscated, but no tonnage. There were reports of domestic marijuana growing operations controlled by Mexican drug cartels.
Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
I don't think they weigh all the plants they seize. It would be mostly water weight, stalks, stems and leaves no one smokes. The federal government does keep track of how much finished product they seize within this country though. It averages around 1,300 metric tons per year. There is no good accounting of what is seized by the states. They'll seize anything from tiny amounts on up to several tons at a time time though. They seize at least a couple of tons a year off a little stretch of highway that runs through my county every year, and I'm not even in a border state. These are drug mule cases where they'll find a couple of hundred pounds at a time in a car or a lot more in a truck, all compressed Mexican pot. I'm a lawyer and I've handled thousands of pounds worth of these cases. I don't know what the total amount seized is in the states, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that including what the feds seize in this country the total amount is over 2,000 metric tons a year. There is no telling how much of that is grown here. My guess is most of it is Mexican grown as a lot of that which is grown here is sold in the general area where it is grown and having to be transported less is less likely to be seized, at least in large amounts of several hundred pounds or more at a time.
Estimates about how much is produced here are all over the place. I read an article just recently where a DEA division chief said they believe that about half the marijuana on the market here comes from Mexico. The federal government estimates that the total marijuana supply in this country in a year, including domestic production and imported pot, is between 12,000 and 25,000 metric tons. All they can really do is guess.
posted on 03/11/2009 7:39:20 PM PDT
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