The US government has burned millions upon millions of marijuana plants during the War on Drugs. And Americans have responded by growing more and more pot every year.

According to a recent United Nations report, the US government is linking the rise in domestic marijuana production to increased profitability and demand for pot across the country, as well as sustained high levels of production in Mexico, the primary foreign source of the American marijuana supply. The report notes that in both the US and Europe, domestically produced cannabis products are increasingly replacing imported products.

Statistics in the UN report show that since 2002, pot seizures in both Mexico and the United States have followed an upward trend. The number of indoor cannabis plants eradicated by the US government increased from 213,000 in 2002 to an all-time high of 462,000 plants in 2010. The number of outdoor plants destroyed in the US tripled from 3,129,000 in 2002 to 9,867,000 in 2010. In 2009, the amount of marijuana seized in the United States exceeded the amount seized by Mexican authorities for the first time. And in 2011, marijuana seizures in North America accounted for 69 percent of the global tally.

A 52 percent majority of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legalized.

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