If you’ve given “an Abe” for cannabis, cocaine or meth, then you are one too. Those 5 bucks joined a stream of money fostering the world’s illegal drug trade; the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances subject to drug prohibition laws are estimated to be a $40 trillion market.
Consumption of illegal drugs is widespread globally. But, the single largest marketplace for illegal drugs is the United States. Close to 13 million Americans still think nothing of occasionally buying a gram of cocaine, a few hits of ecstasy or a quarter-ounce of weed to have a good time. Americans with serious drug habits regularly spend $100-$500 dollars a week purchasing their drug of preference.