INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

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Did you know that estimates indicate the United States consumes as much as 40% of the world’s illicit drugs? Or that Pablo Escobar wrote off businesses losses from rats chewing on his giant bags of money?

A recently published inforgraphic, available on the Top Criminal Justice Schools website, shows some interesting facts about the global drug trade, including how much of the international black market is driven by cannabis (here’s a hint:  it’s a lot).


You can view the original here. While the focus is on major players overall, some of the insight offered by this infographic helps show how cannabis prohibition helps prop up the international black market for hard drugs.



Photo Credit: V. Vizu under (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons