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Study: Legalizing Marijuana in U.S. Could Hurt Mexican Drug Syndicates


A study released by a Mexican think tank concludes if three U.S. state initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana are approved by voters in today’s election, proceeds for Mexican drug trafficking syndicates could be reduced by up to 30 percent.

The Mexican Competitiveness Institute study concludes that if the measures in Colorado, Washington and Oregon are approved by voters, demand for Mexican marijuana would be undercut, The Christian Science Monitor reports. If the measures are passed, the institute says the states would produce marijuana that is of higher quality and less expensive.

The report notes that if no illegal drug market emerges in states where recreational marijuana is legal, to supply other states, then Mexican drug operations will continue to supply those states with marijuana.

A recent poll found 54 percent of voters in Washington state say they are in favor of a measure that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use among adults 21 and older. Polls in Colorado and Oregon suggest they are less likely than Washington’s initiative to be passed.

The poll found 38 percent of voters oppose the Washington measure, known as Initiative 502, while about 7 percent of voters said they were undecided. A recent poll in Colorado found 48 percent of voters favored legalization, but support has been weakening. The Oregon measure is far behind in the polls.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Carlos / November 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

    You mean a think thank really did a study to figure that one out? naaaaaaaaaa, theys got to be pulling my leg!!!. I would think that simple mathematics would have done the job. Three states that i will grown their own marijuana in state. A few people from other states that will vacation in Denver and Vail Colorado while they smoke a Jamaican Cone while skying down a slope. Instead of Eco Tourism Rastafarian Tourism that’s got to cost Mexico, Columbia and Jamaica a couple of tourist dollars and the cartels a piece of the market. Geeze you could do that counting with the fingers of your hands and if one has some problems they could their toes.

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    Rex Carey / November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Under legalization, price goes down, usage goes up. This is not a move in the right direction. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  3. Barry Schecter / November 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am pleasantly surprised to see this in print. How silly can the government be to not realize this? Actually, poloceing drug traffic is a double loss for us. First, we waste a tremendous amount of resources attempting to keep those that want drugs away from them. Second, then we try an incarcerate them, again, expense to us. Most importantly, instead of being a jealth issue, it has become a criminal issue, with very little success.

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