How big is the ‘drugs industry’?

Jul 5th, 2015
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It is necessary to start with a caveat: ‘The organisation of this field of activity is outside the law, and therefore outside any system of controlled information … The time has come today to face up to the fact that we are in an exceptional area of an “informational circus”.’

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How big is the drugs industry?1. It is necessary to start with a caveat: The organisation of this field of activity isoutside the law, and therefore outside any system of controlled information Thetime has come today to face up to the fact that we are in an exceptional area of aninformational circus. 1 In more circumspect language, the most recent WorldDrugs Report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) agreed: Theobscurity of the global illicit drug market makes the exercise of estimating its sizeextremely difficult because the most basic inputs which are needed for such anestimation data on production, prices, quantities exported, imported andconsumed are themselves often estimates and are frequently based on less thancomplete data.2. The accuracy of these estimates is further compromised by the politicisation ofstatistics in this area. Critics point out that it is in the interests of bodies likeUNODC and the other agencies responsible for enforcing drug prohibition policiesto maximise the threat of drugs in order to justify ever-increasing budgets. Theyproduce very large figures, which then become established as part of the discourse2:Both supporters and adversaries of the current drug control regime [in the USA]use the mythical number of US$ 400 or 500 billion for the global illicit trade asevidence either to reinforce or do away with current drug policies, although nobodyreally knows if the figures are

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