The marijuana movement in the US is heavily undermining the profits of the Mexican Cartel. As more states begin to legalize marijuana around the country, less marijuana is being smuggled across the border.
According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), US seizures of imported marijuana began to decline in the year 2019 and has continued to do so in the years since. This information comes from a report created by the CRS explaining the trends in drug usage across the US. Within the report, it was stated that this is mainly the case due to the legalization effort within many states. Also within the report, it was stated that the Mexican congress is taking steps to legalize marijuana as well, encouraging legal trade between the two countries.
The CRS report also focuses on many other things such as the Cartel’s move from plant-based drugs into more synthetic substances such as methamphetamines. The report states, “Changes in the illegal drug markets in the United States and Canada from marijuana legalization; increased demand for opioids, especially synthetic opioids; and changing patterns of use of methamphetamine and other drugs have contributed to the [drug trafficking organizations’] continuing evolution. The cartels’ broad reach and control of large territories inside Mexico, as well as their production of illicit drugs, has been termed ‘alarming’ by the U.S. State Department.”
Will the smuggling of cannabis at the southern border disappear soon? Some experts believe that this is going to be the case.
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