Mexican Cannabis Growers Switching to Poppies as US Prices Drop

Significant numbers of marijuana farmers throughout Mexico and Central America are switching to other crops, in particular poppies. The reason? Wholesale cannabis prices in the United States have dropped precipitously due to increasing numbers of licensed MMJ dispensaries and recreational retailers.

“I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization,” Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer in Mexico’s Sinaloa state, told the Washington Post.

Per exclusive data from the “Profiting in the Recreational Marketplace Handbook” from the editors of Marijuana Business Daily, U.S. consumers strongly prefer to buy legally, even if the price of legal cannabis is higher than that of black market product. This is in part because consumers prefer lab-tested product, while at the same time most people would rather be law-abiding.

, Mexican Cannabis Growers Switching to Poppies as US Prices DropAs the black market’s supply chain dries up south of the border, the cartel needs new sources. Sources have told Marijuana Business Daily that some unlicensed cannabis farmers in California and Washington State who were not previously working with the cartels are now being pressured to supply it.

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4 comments on “Mexican Cannabis Growers Switching to Poppies as US Prices Drop
  1. BILL ZIESE on

    Looks like we’ll be all set for Memorial Day. Seriously, at least pot will be less of a crime and the Feds (both countries) can go after the real drugs. They can’t grow poppies here and bring them back to Mexico to process because it would increase the risk of getting caught. I don’t think they would be able to set up processing labs in our public lands, but who knows? The main thing is they need chemicals and equipment. It won’t be a plant, grow, harvest and leave operation.

  2. Sicmarc on

    I am calling bs on the “rumor” that “farmers who were not previously working with the cartel are now being pressured to supply it.” Uh, pressured like how? With currency perhaps? Appears to me as nonsensical anti-cannabis propaganda which makes no sense and having worked in the cannabis industry for the past 40 years without ever so much as meeting a cartel member? The aroma of bullshit is plenty strong.

  3. Windy City on

    …the anti-legalization lobby is grasping at straws. This little news blurb will not impress anyone of average intelligence to agree that cannabis should not be legal because of what Mexican farmers are doing.

    It even sounds stupid…

  4. bongstar420 on

    I’m sorry. That just sounds nonsensical. The cartel produces $50-150/lb wholesale schwag. The stuff at the dispensaries is all $1500-2500/lb wholesale dank. The dispensaries lowest tiered stuff is better then the bulk of the cartels wholesale stuff. Now, if your talking the Cartel ran Cali production stuff…Well that might ring true, but it isn’t much of their actual market share. Most of the Cannabis market is apparently schwag being purchased by poor people. I don’t see why highly skilled growers would subordinate them selves to these asshats under anything other circumstance than gunpoint.

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