The indictment charges claim that name-brand drugs intended to treat conditions for cancer, HIV and mental illness were obtained through an underground market, fraud, burglary and cargo theft for resale purposes.
Even in states where marijuana can be legally obtained, black market marijuana is still in demand.
Greg Engel, the CEO of OrganiGram Holdings Inc., said, "The lack of enforcement we've seen against illicit supply" has been "disappointing" to those operating in the now-legal industry.
The Russian black market is the same size as its total federal spending budget for 2019.
Listings on Facebook Marketplace included a hedgehog, a gun, a snake and a baby.
Drug-related homicides reach as high as 50 percent of the total homicides in the United States.
Even in states where cannabis has legal outlets, almost a third of product sold is illicit.
North Korea's growing gray market economy is posing a problem for Kim Jong Un and company.