Video: What Does 17 Million Pounds of Pot Look Like?

By Victoria Kim 06/21/13

See what you could do with the amount of weed seized at the Mexico-US border in six years.

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Between 2005 and 2011, 17 million pounds of marijuana were seized along the US-Mexico border, according data from US Customs and Border Protection (and this doesn't include seizures made by other federal or local law enforcement agencies). To help you visualize this amount of ganja, the folks at Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) have created a video called "All Your Pot Are Belong to Us" based on the Zero Wing video game meme "All Your Base Are Belong to Us." Using some complex math, CIR has determined that with that much pot, you could build a 101-foot-tall marijuana brick that would more than fill the infield of the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park. Or you could roll 16.3 billion joints—and with that many joints, you could erect a wall spanning the entire 2,000 mile US-Mexico border, to prevent any more pot from coming in. Or if you prefer to roll one giant joint, it would stand at 583 feet—taller than both the Statue of Liberty (305 ft) and the Washington Monument (555 ft). The video concludes with a laser battle between the brick and the joint. Watch below to see who wins:

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