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Marijuana Use Reaches Record "High"

La Opinion, News Report, Posted: Nov 26, 2008

LOS ANGELES This year a record number of marijuana plants was seized in California, and a record number of people arrested for marijuana across the country, reports La Opinin. The destruction of nearly 5.3 million marijuana plants between July and October 2008 in California, was triple the number of plants seized in 2004. In addition, nearly 900,000 people were arrested across the country for crimes related to marijuana. The federal Office of National Drug Control reports that consumption and popularity of marijuana among teens and adults this year rose by more than 150 percent compared to the 1980s.

In California nearly 1.3 million teenagers consumed marijuana last year, according to a state survey. The zero tolerance policy in schools and the tightening of laws against carrying, distribution and consuming the drug is sending more people to jail than ever before. A total of 872,720 drug buyers and sellers went to prison in the past year, of which 775,138 were cases of marijuana possession.

This week the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) announced that nearly 3 million plants were eradicated from California parks and forests. The vast majority of these illegal crops were grown by Mexican cartels, the report indicates. More than half of the marijuana that is produced and consumed in the country comes from California.


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