Mexican Drug Cartel Profits Drop Due To Marijuana Legalization

Looking for another reason why medical marijuana should become legal? Look no further. Apparently the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has start to put a “squeeze” or hold on Mexican drug cartel activity. Doing more in just one year than the “war on drugs” has done– ever. The U.S. Border Patrol has released data from 2015 showing that seizures with marijuana have been the lowest that they have been in the past decade. Mexican manufacturers of illegal marijuana have had to lower their prices to almost half of what they were asking in the previous years.

This being because residents in California, Colorado, and Washington state now have safe access to reasonably affordable medical marijuana and/or recreational cannabis in the local collectives and dispensaries. According to a “Mexican marijuana grower” a kilogram of marijuana was worth $60 to $90 back in 2014. These days “they’re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It’s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground” says the grower. Sounds to me like the U.S. should keep up the medical marijuana movement and help take down the Mexican cartel.

Will D.A.R.E Remove Marijuana From “Gateway” Drugs List?

For as long as I can remember The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (better known as D.A.R.E) has been attacking marijuana and the dangers that it can cause for users. An ongoing and strong argument about marijuana is was that it was categorized as a gateway drug many years ago. Meaning that marijuana use can and will eventually lead to the use of harder and more serious substances. This is officially no longer the case, at least with the D.A.R.E program.

They finally removed cannabis from the list of gateway drugs. By doing this, stereotypes that are associated with marijuana can start to fade. Currently alcohol and tobacco are the only remaining items on the D.A.R.E gateway drug list. Both are legal almost globally but both have been proven to be “extremely more dangerous” than marijuana. By removing marijuana from the list, they are implying that marijuana is less of a threat than both alcohol and tobacco, both legal substances. Very interesting.

There have been countless hours of research and hundreds of studies proving the benefits of marijuana treatments from epilepsy, cancer, headaches, body pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD and this list goes on. Not only are there countless health benefits when it comes to marijuana use, but it is also a “cash crop” for the states that have stepped it up and made marijuana legal for recreational users.

Last year in 2015 Oregon made 11 million in tax revenue on legal weed in the FIRST WEEK. Colorado made $53 million. These numbers are insane. Although D.A.R.E has removed marijuana from they gateway list, they want to make their stance clear that they are not pro-legalization. Either way, it will help support legalization which is a step in the right direction for the rest of us.

CDC Pressured To Study Cannabis As An Opioid Substitute

People are finally coming to the conclusion that medical marijuana should at the very least, be studied as a way to address the nation’s opioid issue. One of the Nation’s most influential Senators, Senator Elizabeth Warren has asked that the Centers for Disease Control (or CDC) work with other federal agencies “to fill the gap on our knowledge about medical marijuana’s ability to help combat the opioid epidemic.”

The main thing holding back research is the fact that marijuana still remains illegal under a federal level. Since marijuana remains a “Schedule 1” substance, any researcher that wants to study the drug needs the approval from the FDA and a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration (or DEA). Though this may make it more difficult, it is still possible.

There is currently some data that medical marijuana can help reduce opioid abuse. “The researchers compared treatment admissions for opioid pain reliever misuse and state-level opioid overdose deaths. They found decreases in misuse and deaths in states with medical marijuana dispensaries, but they didn’t find decreases in states that allow medical marijuana without dispensaries.” So that is a start. Hopefully the future will bring more studies and “large-scale clinical trials to prove this study.