It is not a secret that a lot of the illegal drugs that drug users consume come from across the border from Mexican cartels. Border Patrol agents are charged with the task of holding down the 2,000 mile border separating the United States and Mexico by nailing anyone trying to smuggle anything from drugs to human beings. However, law enforcement is seeing a trend lately and it is all due to the legalization of marijuana in 23 states including Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as well as the nation’s capitol.
With highly potent, quality marijuana being cultivated and sold in the United States at such a higher volume, the demand for weed from Mexican cartels has decreased significantly. This means that the cartels aren’t focusing so much on producing and slinging weed to Americans, so number of marijuana seizures has decreased at the border.
According to Time:
U.S. Border Patrol has been seizing steadily smaller quantities of the drug, from 2.5 million pounds in 2011 to 1.9 million pounds in 2014. Mexico’s army has noted an even steeper decline, confiscating 664 tons of cannabis in 2014, a drop of 32% compared to year before.
Marijuana activists are using this development as evidence for legalizing marijuana everywhere in the United States. It is also of interest that Americans prefer going to a legal, government-regulated dispensary for weed instead of criminals. On the other hand, the cartels can now focus more of their energy on the harder drugs that they distribute, such as cocaine and heroin. They aren’t going away any time soon.
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