“If the drug trade were a country, it would have the 19th largest economy in the world. In 2005 the UN estimated that the illegal drug trade is worth more than $320 billion. If currently illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco they would yield $46.7 billion in tax revenue.”
By the way, does anyone believe for even an instant that our rich financiers, politicians and generals in drug-producing areas aren’t getting their cut of that very lucrative pie somehow?
Bonus Read: The James Bond Banker and the Killer Bag Lady: who really killed CIA financier Nick Deak, who was also implicated in laundering hundreds of millions for Columbia’s cartels?