So we learn that marijuana is the largest cash crop in the U.S., having grown at least tenfold in the last 25 years – from 2 million pounds in ’81 to 22 million pounds now (and by some estimates, 50). California is the leader in both indoor and outdoor production, to no one’s surprise.
And here’s what the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has to say about these figures: "Coca is Colombia’s largest cash crop and that hasn’t worked out for them, and opium poppies are Afghanistan’s largest crop, and that has worked out disastrously for them. I don’t know why we would venture down that road." Do you think they’d have more credibility if they stopped trying to convince kids that pot’s just like heroin and cocaine?