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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

How Much Marijuana Was Seized By Border Patrol In Texas In 2014?

brickCartels try to smuggle marijuana into the United States on a daily basis, and have for many decades. Until marijuana prohibition is ended in Texas, and throughout the United States, this will continue to occur. Some of the marijuana will get seized at the border, and some of it will make it’s way across the border and be distributed to all corners of the country. The marijuana that makes it through will be sold and those profits will go into the hands of some of the scariest, most ruthless people on the planet. All the while law enforcement dollars will be spend trying to stop it from happening, with virtually no success. The marijuana is untested, no doubt contains harmful chemicals, and is completely un-taxed and unregulated.

How much marijuana is seized at the Texas border by Border Patrol? Per My San Antonio:

Border Patrol agents operating in Texas seized nearly 875,000 pounds of marijuana during fiscal year 2014, according to a new Homeland Security Department report.

Agents across five Texas border sectors confiscated 873,199 pounds of marijuana from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014, the report said. The majority was taken in the Rio Grande Valley sector, which reported 654,162 in seized marijuana in that timeframe.

The Laredo sector reported 123,383 pounds of confiscated marijuana during that same period.

It of course is unknown, but I’d assume that for every pound that gets seized, numerous other pounds are successful smuggled into America. If Texas were to end marijuana prohibition, or even better, the entire country were to end marijuana prohibition, there would be virtually no need for cartels to smuggle low grade marijuana into America. I highly doubt there is anyone searching for bammer in Colorado right now considering they can go into a store, and purchase marijuana that has been tested and is of such a higher quality it makes cartel bammer weed look like dirt.

  • Before they stopped estimating the usual number given was 10% of the flow. So that means about 9 million pounds going through Texas. About 4,500 tons. Assume it is low grade. Users would use an average of an oz a month. That works out to 12 million users. Add in other border states. High potency grows. And roughly 1 million arrests a year and you come up with a user population on the order of 50 million. About 1/6th of all Americans. And that would be regular users. Add in all the people who toke when offered and you might double that or more.

    I think the estimates of the user population are way low.

  • Silverado

    I guess using the logic that have Oklahoma, Nebraska and now Kansas suing Colorado to stop the flow of Colorado’s legal brand of cannabis into their states, maybe Texas can sue Mexico and get them to stop transporting so much illegal cannabis in and through their state. I’m sure the cartel will listen…and then keep right on shipping their brand of cheap shwag (along with maybe a few guns) just like they always have. Although their…lack of quality isn’t nearly as prevalent as it used to be. Legalization is the antidote to drug problems that are outlined in this article – just like it’s always been. Especially as pointed out by the Libertarians seemingly since I’ve first heard of them and Ron Paul a long time ago now.

  • Liz Hennessy

    “The marijuana is untested, no doubt contains harmful chemicals.”

    How do you know if they never test it?