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 July 23, 2013

mexico vicente fox marijuana cannabisWhile more and more Americans are aware that the War on Cannabis has had disastrous effects across our country, the detrimental effects prohibition has caused across the globe can sometimes go unnoticed.  No country has suffered from cannabis prohibition as much as Mexico as cannabis prohibition inflates prices and creates a lucrative cash cow for drug cartels.  Tragically, kidnappingsmurder and dismemberment are all too common consequences of a lucrative drug trade in Mexico

Several European countries have experienced great success legalizing the personal use of cannabis, including the Netherlands and Portugal and recently South American countries have made moves toward reforming cannabis laws for the better, particularly in Argentina and Uruguay.  It is very promising to see positive reforms across the globe and hopefully former Mexican President Vicente Fox is correct and Mexico will end cannabis prohibition within five years.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox now realizes that legalizing cannabis will deprive cartels of profits.

From Yahoo News:

Fox, who battled the powerful cartels while president between 2000 and 2006, has since become a staunch advocate of reforming Mexico’s drug laws, arguing that prohibition has helped create the criminal market that sustains the gangs.

Under his successor, Felipe Calderon, Mexico launched a military offensive to crush the cartels, but the violence spiraled instead, and more than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related bloodletting since the start of 2007.

Legalization was the best way of ending the “butchery” of the drug gangs, Fox said as he hosted a conference in support of the measure in his home state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

Mexican drug cartels are the Al Capone of today.  Just as Al Capone and other mobsters were enriched during Alcohol Prohibition, cartels profit off of the prohibitionary-inflated prices of cannabis.  Outlaws will always be willing to make money on illegal ventures.  Legitimate business people, however, will only enter a market with clear laws and regulations.

While many prohibitionists and government officials on both sides of the American-Mexico border are celebrating the apprehension of the leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel, his capture won’t stop any of the drug trade.  The competition to take his place will only lead to higher profit margins and more bloodshed as other cartel members move in to fill the void and reap the lucrative profits.

Do we want gangsters or taxed businesses controlling cannabis commerce?

Ending alcohol prohibition will bring in business interests that will eventually force outlaws out of the market, just as Anheuser Busch, other large beer companies, as well as microbreweries, now dominate alcohol distribution instead of gangsters.  Businesses pay taxes and licensing fees and have an incentive to weed out those skirting the rules.  These taxes help pay for schools, law enforcement, health care programs and other social services.  Illegal gangs only bring us more violence and bloodshed.

Prohibitionists, seem to favor drug cartels over McMenamins and Boulevard.  Fortunately, more and more people across the globe are realizing the folly of cannabis prohibition and understand that we should be licensing and taxing more legitimate businesses instead of suffering through the violence caused by the Al Capones and Zetas of the world.

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About Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri.As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties.You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.
  • SEtoker

    Okay but why wait 5 years? It does not say anything about the delay. Create legislation, enact it, tell DEA to screw themselves and enforce it. I could do that in a MS Office program in about 1 week, not counting legal counsel and voting.

    I just dont see Mexico being successful beyond the legalization. The cartels are to big and will simply continue killing the competition that sprouts around them. The local government is to corrupt to stop them and this simply allows the cartels to drop any pretense of hiding and step right out in the open. If there was a way to actually stop the cartels and enact legalization moves I would cheer this move 100%. As it stands I dont see much improvement in Mexicos future regardless of legalization. I went to high school in El Paso and went to Juarez all the time, alone, as a youth. 5 cents to cross the foot bridge and 25 cents to get back to the US, oh the memories! Now there is no way I would go back.

    Damn I hate being a buzz kill but I just dont see any other outcome … Any opinions?

    • http://nomadwarriormonk.blogspot.com/ Cyrus Palmer

      I don’t think the cartels would survive legalization. People may have made the same argument you did about the prohibition era gangsters, but they didn’t survive. Well organized crime still exists, but they lost almost all of their power after prohibition ended.

    • Pat Cowdin

      Maybe an extra five years will buy the cartels enough time to (a) make “legal” investments with their hundreds of millions (b) invent new drugs to sell or (c) pay off enough Mexican politicians to delay legalization. Oops! I almost forgot even the honest Mexican armed forces and local police, and, of course, our DEA, federal prosecutors, prison guards, prison owners, etc. etc. who all rely on a red-hot drug war for employment – they are the cartel’s best friends.

  • Cherokee

    Breaking News ! New Hampshire just became the 19th Medical Marujuana State!!!! Just thought everyone would want to know! July 23rd 6:52pm eastern time