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How Legal Cannabis is Wiping out Mexican Drug Cartels

  • Sadie (2573 posts)
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    How Legal Cannabis is Wiping out Mexican Drug Cartels

    “The spread of new marijuana laws in the US is bringing cannabis out from the black market and into legal outlets and shops, where it rightfully belongs. This movement is hurting weed farmers in Mexico, and the cartels that rely on cannabis for profit. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, some smugglers are losing up to 70 percent in profits.

    Forecasts from the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness and the RAND Corporation also arrived at similar conclusions. In the last three years, cannabis sales made up as much as 30 percent of the cartels’ revenues. This figure is steadily on the decline, based on low production rates from Mexican farmers. Simply put, cartels recognize the curb and they’re pulling out of the market before it wipes them out.

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized about 1,085 tons of marijuana at the border in 2014. In the previous four years, that figure hovered around 1,500 tons. Seizures are thought to represent a tiny fraction of the amount that gets successfully imported,” wrote Deborah Bonello of the Los Angeles Times.

    The legalization of marijuana has allowed US-based cannabis researchers to create more powerful strains. Even though specialty buds are more expensive, the majority of smokers are willing to invest in quality products that deliver transcending highs. In the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment, the group confirmed that Mexican farmers are working around the clock to develop potent marijuana strains. So far, they have not been successful in releasing a strain that could be sold next to US-produced cannabis.”

    https://massroots.com/blog/how-legal-cannabis-is-wiping-out-mexican-drug-cartels

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  • Sadie (2573 posts)
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    1. And the fact

    that Mexican weed is not organic nor as potent makes it not a good product.

    I found this interesting…

    In some cases, the presence of potent cannabis from the US is having an inverse effect on smuggling. The DEA is slowly seeing high-grade marijuana making its way from the US into Mexico. There is a small (but steadily growing) market in Mexico, due to the rare status of specialty buds in the area.

      Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
  • FanBoy (4481 posts)
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    2. cartels?

    so far as I heard, the cali cartel of the 70s was the only “cartel” that trafficked much marijuana, and not for long, as other drugs had bigger profit margins.  pot is bulky and has a distinctive odor.

    “a cartel is an agreement between competing firms to control prices or exclude entry of a new competitor in a market. It is a formal organization of sellers or buyers that agree to fix selling prices, purchase prices, or reduce production using a variety of tactics.”

    pot is a weed and doesn’t require much processing; too many possible competitors, hard to get an oligopolistic cartel going.

     

     

  • B Calm (540 posts)
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    3. Good news. Hopefully we can close some prisons too.

    “When I was a kid growing up, I think my instincts always were for the underdog.” – Bernie Sanders    
  • Satan (1039 posts)
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    4. Hopefully there will be some resistance to Jefferson Davis Sessions III as AG

    This guy literally believes that “good people” can dress up in bedsheets, burn crosses, and lynch people because of their skin color, but goddamn it, smoking that marry-ju-wanna is over the line!

    Hopefully, even the few remaining half-sane Republicans in Congress will see enough benefit in the crime reduction and increased tax revenue that results from legal weed to battle whatever stupidity that Sessions and/or others in the Cheeto Reich try to push through.

    Fuck Trump, Fuck the "Alt Right", and Fuck anybody who defends either one. Oh, and Fuck Hillary too.
    • VoiceOfReason (227 posts)
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      5. buy american products

      they da bestest.