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Mexican Drug Cartels Are Affected by US Marijuana Legalization

Small drug capture from the Sinaloa cartel

(Mirror Daily, United States) – 2015 turned out to be a very good for marijuana enthusiasts, as the stigma associated with consuming or growing the green medicinal herb has started to fade away little by little. And more evidence to confirm that has come in early this year, as it turns out that Mexican drug cartels are affected by US marijuana legalization.

As more and more states are starting to accept marijuana at least in a medicinal capacity, it would seem that the cartels that usually make profits from selling marijuana over the border are having some serious monetary issues.

As recently as 2008, over two thirds of the marijuana used nationwide throughout the United States came from over the border. Now, with some states approving cannabis for recreational use, and others for medical use, that quantity has reduced to one third.

That’s right – the small to medium successes achieved by our increasingly more open-minded citizens in the field of legal medical or recreational marijuana has led to an over 50% reduction in the amount of marijuana smuggled from Mexico by violent, money-hungry cartels.

Even more impressive is the fact that the US’s progress in the field has led to a 70% drop in Mexican marijuana process.

For example, the market crashed so hard that growers from the extremely dangerous Sinaloa Cartel reported the amount of money made per kilogram of weed dropping from $100 to $30.

As cannabis comprises about 30% of the profit made by drug cartels like the Sinaloa, official Mexican representatives claimed a huge drop in the smuggling, production and even profit made by such overtly violent groups.

All of these facts have determined Mexican officials to seriously consider the legalization of the recreational and medical drug that is marijuana.

One of their biggest pro legalization arguments is, of course, that it would deal a huge blow to nation-wide drug cartels.

Making the plant a legally cultivatable resource would not only deal a hard blow to cartel drug runners, but it would also offer a number of financial benefits, such as a large number of jobs, as well as tax revenue.

Mexico has been trying, without too much success, for a while now, to convince their citizens to stop cultivating illegal plants, but with the new motion that is to legalize or just decriminalize cannabis, they might not have to try anymore.

However, they do bring up one more important point: If the plant is legalized or decriminalized in Mexico, but the legal repercussions remain in effect over the border, drug cartels will have reasons to smuggle the drug over the borders.

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