A Lack of Green

 

In the 80’s it was “Just Say No”, the campaign created in tandem with the War on Drugs. Since then, evidence has shown that the War has been an abject failure, and in fact may have been directly responsible for the rise in the Mexican drug cartels. Luckily there seems to be a new solution: Legal marijuana.

According to 2015 data released by the US Border Patrol, the marijuana confiscations has dropped to the lowest point in a decade, as reported by the Washington Post. Due to California, Colorado, and Washington having legal means of cultivating and distributing the plant, prices have fallen for Mexican growers.

Speaking with NPR in 2014, a Mexican grower says "Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90," "But now 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." The legality is not the only problem facing the cartels, as the DEA speculates that the potency of legal pot grown in the United States is stronger than that of marijuana grown in elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the falling sales of marijuana only means the cartels are moving to other drugs such as heroin and methamphetamines.

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