McClatchy: Marijuana Booming

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Mexico’s marijuana business is booming, according to a McClatchy report in the Miami Herald. The story says that production is up 35 percent and 32,000 tons of the drug were produced in 2009, still much smaller than U.S. production, which is closer to 76,000 tons. It adds that peasant farmers who grow the drug, mostly in the so-called Golden Triangle of Durango, Sinaloa and Chihuahua states, do not see much risk because the army manual eradicates it; or much profit (slightly more than corn), but that the drug is the traffickers’ “cash cow.”
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