In the first ten months of 2008, authorities in Morocco destroyed nearly 4,400 hectares of cannabis plantations. Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis to Europe.
Drug trafficking in Morocco generates $12.5 Billion in revenue, according to the UNODC. The main revenue generating drug trafficked is marijuana.
A new research study stated that up to one fifth of Britons could be indirectly supporting child trafficking based on their purchases of goods on the black market. The survey by ECPAT stated that people purchasing pirated DVDs, smoking marijuana, visiting prostitutes and giving money to child beggars could be funding operations that trafficking children. The United Kingdom is a key transit hub for the human trafficking of children. Children from 52 different countries are victims of child trafficking.
In 2007, Mexican drug cartels produced 15,500 tons of marijuana, according to the US National Drug Intelligence Center.
3.2 million people in the United Kingdom used at least one illicit drug in 2008, according to the British Crime Survey.
The black market in marijuana in New Zealand is estimated to be valued at $98 Million (150 Million New Zealand Dollars).
The US Coast Guard and the Border Patrol are seizing more and more drugs attempting to be smuggle by boat. In FY 2007, authorities seized 996 pounds of marijuana being smuggled by boat. In FY 2008, 6,300 pounds were seized. Halfway through FY2009, 6,100 pounds were already seized. The increase is attributed to stepped up patrols on land between Mexico and the United States.
California Board of Equalization reports that the state of California could receive up to $1.4 billion in tax revenue if marijuana was taxed. The figure is based upon placing a $50 tax on each ounce sold. 8.6 million pounds is produced each year in the state with a value of $13.8 billion. The state would earn up to $990 million on the $50 tax and an additional $392 million in sales tax.
The drug trafficking industry in British Colombia, Canada is valued at $6.3 Billion. The drug trafficking trade mainly consists of cocaine and marijuana.
Between 143 and 190 million people worldwide used marijuana products at least once in 2007.