Marijuana producers in the southern region of Brabant have an annual turnover of around €1bn, according to police and justice ministry estimates.
They say the region has between 5,500 and 8,800 plantations, producing over 340 tonnes of the plant a year, local broadcaster Omroep Brabant reports.
‘Locals don’t smoke that much, so most of it is exported,’ a police spokesman said.
The figures were revealed in a special broadcast to highlight the region’s drugs industry.
Much of the amphetamines and ecstasy produced in the Netherlands are also made in Brabant. This year police closed down 14 drugs labs and 30 storage points, the broadcaster says.