Marijuana Is Nation’s Number One Cash Crop

In the early 1980s, when I lived in Charlotte, agricultural statistics were released that left a lot of straight-laced North Carolinians in shock: the state’s number one cash crop was not tobacco, which brought in $1 billion in revenue annually, it was homegrown marijuana, which produced upwards of $2 billion for Tarheel growers.

What trendsetters we were. New figures out from pot advocates indicate that marijuana is the number one cash crop in the country:

U.S. growers produce nearly $35 billion worth of marijuana annually, making the illegal drug the country’s largest cash crop, bigger than corn and wheat combined, an advocate of medical marijuana use said in a study released on Monday.

The report, conducted by Jon Gettman, a public policy analyst and former head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, also concluded that five U.S. states produce more than $1 billion worth of marijuana apiece: California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii and Washington.

California’s production alone was about $13.8 billion, according to Gettman, who waged an unsuccessful six-year legal battle to force the government to remove marijuana from a list of drugs deemed to have no medical value.

Also heard but can’t confirm that the average age of pot-smokers is now 45 years old and older.

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