U.S. Cannabis Industry Undercutting Mexican Cartels

The legal marijuana industry in the United States has taken a big toll on Mexican cartels that had previously relied on cannabis for a sizable chunk of their profits, according to the Washington Post.

Citing data from the U.S. Border Patrol, the Post reported that seizures of smuggled cannabis over the U.S.-Mexico border have plummeted “to their lowest level in at least a decade.”

Border Patrol agents about 1.5 million pounds of cannabis, a more than 100% drop in seizures from 2009, when the agency corralled nearly 4 million pounds.

The Post cited an NPR story from December 2014 that quoted a Mexican cannabis grower as saying, “If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground.”

The grower was referring to the immense drop in prices and demand for Mexican cannabis, and that was over 14 months ago.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has even already found examples of U.S. cannabis being smuggled into Mexico, an indication that the marijuana relationship between the two countries is undergoing a significant shift. Part of the reason, the Post speculated, could be due to U.S. cannabis being of higher quality than Mexican marijuana.

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4 comments on “U.S. Cannabis Industry Undercutting Mexican Cartels
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Fascinating little article. Sadly, according to various other reports, the sharp economic loss among Mexico’s cannabis growers caused a rapid rise in cultivation of highly profitable opium poppy in Mexico, which in turn has fueled the heroin “epidemic” in the United States. These results prove beyond any doubt that U.S. politicians are making matters worse—and still, like Keystone cops, they keep fumbling around with unenforceable laws intended to halt commerce related to cannabis, coca and opium poppy. Blowhard Donald Trump even plans to build a wall on the Mexican border if elected. Instead our leaders must be compelled to immediately cease their 101-year “war on drugs.” It’s a colossal waste of our money.

  2. Michael Davis on

    The MMJ industry is doing what it is proposed to do – stem the traffic of illegal marijuana into this country from drug cartels. It is not the gateway to harder drugs which is a separate entity. I say great that we are accomplishing what we set out for. However, I agree that harder drugs and alcohol use is a detriment to our society but people will do what they want to do.

  3. Mikey on

    It’s about time. Black market cannabis can be laced with chemicals and pesticides that folks inhale and think they are getting THC. Only in America do we test and certify that the cannabis is clean from microbial molds and mildews, clean from pesticides and fertilizers, and the presence of select cannabinoids including potency. The cannabis in America is not only better but it is also free from harmful substances. This is one product that makes me proud to say “Made in USA”.

  4. Mark Burcaw on

    Yup, to we in “The Industry” and those paying attention, this was inevitable and obvious. Prohibition never works and prohibiting this amazing gift from God has been the ultimate stupidity.

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