US Marijuana Reducing Mexican Shwag Weed by 50%
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/07/2014 in Medical Marijuana News
The United States is the largest consumer of narcotics in the world. It is also the number one destination for cartel produce drugs and one of their main crops for the longest time was marijuana. However, over the past few years the demand for Mexican shwag has declined significantly. Before, a kilo of Mexican weed was purchased at a price of $60.00 to $90.00 but now this price has been devaluated to $30.00 to $40.00 per kilo.
What this means for cartels
With a steady decline in the cannabis market, Mexican shwag might soon be a thing of the past. In fact, some analysts believe that Mexican marijuana production is down by 30%. It seems that Americans simply prefer higher quality homegrown cannabis opposed to cheap dirt weed.
The estimated profit margins for cannabis in Mexico is speculated between 30 to 50 billion dollars per year which can be used to bribe officials, purchase guns and essentially sustain illegal activities. With a 30% decrease in profit margins, US cannabis consumers are essentially taking out between 10 to 15 billion dollars out of cartel pockets.
As more states begin to legalize sustainability of the legal cannabis, production is becoming ever more difficult. As a response, cartels are moving to other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and all of those other harsh drugs. Other cartels, such as Los Zetas, branched out to extortion and kidnapping to supplement the loss of profits.
Isn’t that a bad thing?
While some of you might be thinking that cartels moving to harder drugs is a bad thing you must take into consideration that cannabis is the most concerned illegal drug. Roughly, 1% of the United States use of hard drugs and most of these people don’t do so regularly. However, 10% of the U.S. population uses cannabis on a regular basis and 70% have admitted that they have tried it in the past.
While these other illegal drugs still provide a large profit margin, there are far fewer people who purchase it than marijuana. By fully legalizing cannabis in the United States, a huge chunk of cartel profits will go out the door and in turn will affect the cartel as a whole.
This might serve as evidence that when society accepts the notion of drug use as part of human nature and regulates the production and sale of thus said substances, that illegal organizations will be directly affected.
There is no way we will ever shut down the human desire for altering their state of consciousness, so instead of sweeping the issue under the carpet with a tank, we could rather embrace the idea of providing safe access which could be taxed and will ultimately serve society better.
Good Job America…keep on buying homegrown!