How Legal Pot Could Save Thousands of Lives? Hint: Stop Feeding the Mexican Death Cartels

Posted: January 15, 2012 in International, Socio, War on Drugs
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As the marathon to legalize marijuana plows forward, a key to winning over many of the leftover prohibitionists might lie within two questions: exactly how significant is the illicit pot trade in the violence south of the border, and what are the long-term implications for Americans as a result of Mexico’s indefinite narco war? Being a former federal agent who has worked on the border and enforced the U.S.’s drug laws, I know that neither of these can be answered with exact precision, but one can hope that illustrating the obvious will at least get us closer to the finish line.

As for the first question, the vastness of the southern border makes it impossible to determine the absolute value of marijuana to the drug cartels, or Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO’s) for the trendy types. Most smuggled goods breeze by U.S. law enforcement undetected, with authorities most likely snagging just 15 percent of the incoming dope on their best days.

via How Legal Pot Could Save Thousands of Lives? Hint: Stop Feeding the Mexican Death Cartels | Drugs | AlterNet.

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