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.

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