Published on January 31st, 2016 | by News Feed
Could Legalization Put Mexican Drug Cartels Out of Business?
For marijuana consumers, activists, and politicians one of the most important issues for the legal cannabis movement doing away with the supply of “weed” that originates from the drug cartels. This concern is being voiced from cities all over the country, and may be getting traction as marijuana becomes more acceptable to the general masses. No matter what side you are on in this debate, the truth is, the power and influence drug cartels have must be done away with.
Most people with common sense that support the legalization of cannabis and its derivatives, will agree that if smart legislation is passed and free-markets are allowed to work in the case of marijuana, the cartels will be crippled in their ability to sell weed in illegal markets. The brutal Mexican Cartels provide most of the marijuana found on the streets of the United States. With this illegal drug trade comes terrible crimes, including tens of thousands of viscous murders every year.
Two years into the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, it is hard to see what impact it has had on the violent drug crimes. However, it is clear that Mexican farmers cultivating marijuana by use of federal or private lands, used to grow illegal crops has been diminished. It is also apparent that the tariff revenues, brought in by the taxation of marijuana is tremendous, in the billions. Colorado in 2015 alone reported sales of more than one billion dollars for legal pot dispensers, which is excellent for the economy.
A spokesman from the Mexican Attorney General’s office was quoted saying, “The Mexican government is on pace to eradicate about 12,000 acres this year, down from more than 44,000 in 2010, according to the Mexican attorney general’s office.” The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency added to this by saying, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized about 1,085 tons of marijuana at the border in 2014. In the previous four years, that figure hovered around 1,500 tons. Seizures are thought to represent a tiny fraction of the amount that gets successfully imported.”
The Los Angeles Times ran a piece in which marijuana grower from Mexico explained that because of the changes in the United States, farmers would no longer to be able to participate in the drug trade in their current capacities. The price of Marijuana per kilo has been cut in half, making the ability to profit almost non-existent. In 2014, Mexican farmer, Rodrigo Silla reported to the Washington Post saying, “It’s not even worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”