Wednesday, October 7, 2009

So if we legalized it, the drug lords would be in trouble? Who knew?

From WaPo:

Stiff competition from thousands of mom-and-pop marijuana farmers in the United States threatens the bottom line for powerful Mexican drug organizations in a way that decades of arrests and seizures have not, according to law enforcement officials and pot growers in the United States and Mexico.

Illicit pot production in the United States has been increasing steadily for decades. But recent changes in state laws that allow the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes are giving U.S. growers a competitive advantage, challenging the traditional dominance of the Mexican traffickers, who once made brands such as Acapulco Gold the standard for quality.

Almost all of the marijuana consumed in the multibillion-dollar U.S. market once came from Mexico or Colombia. Now as much as half is produced domestically, often by small-scale operators who painstakingly tend greenhouses and indoor gardens to produce the more potent, and expensive, product that consumers now demand, according to authorities and marijuana dealers on both sides of the border.

The shifting economics of the marijuana trade have broad implications for Mexico's war against the drug cartels, suggesting that market forces, as much as law enforcement, can extract a heavy price from criminal organizations that have used the spectacular profits generated by pot sales to fuel the violence and corruption that plague the Mexican state.

The market could help end the bloody rampage of Mexican drug cartels?

Who knew?

Oh. Yeah.

Those damn Libertarians and their weird ideas.

1 comment:

Jillian Galloway said...

According to the ONDCP two-thirds of the cartel's incomes come from marijuana sales in the U.S.

When we legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults we'll ELIMINATE this cash flow and decimate the cartels. This is our ONLY option to end the 6,000+ murders they commit every year!

Legalize - Save Lives.