Mexico City Mayor: Marijuana Legalization Would Hurt Drug Cartels

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I read a story the other day that said Mexican drug cartels have seen a 70% dip in profits from marijuana. The article attributed that drop in profits to the legalization of recreational marijuana in America. I personally feel that there are more factors than that involved, but agree that marijuana legalization hurts cartels. There are only four states (and D.C.) that have legalized, and the four states don’t have huge populations. Sales haven’t even started in Alaska yet, so I have always felt that medical marijuana is a larger factor. Medical marijuana is legal in almost two dozen states, and a lot of those patients are now consuming domestic marijuana, as opposed to the cartel marijuana from years past. But that’s just my two cents.

Regardless of the various factors and what they are, again, I agree that recreational marijuana legalization hurts cartels. If California, Arizona, and Nevada (and maybe New Mexico via legislative action) all legalized, it would be a huge blow to the Mexican drug cartels. What would also hurt the cartels is legalization in Mexico. That’s something that Mexico City’s Mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, agrees with. Per an article that Tom Angell posted on Marijuana.Com:

“My position is always the defense of freedoms,” Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told El Universal. “I do support legalization.”

Under legalization, the marijuana trade “would not be attractive for purposes of drug trafficking,” the mayor of Mexico’s capital city said, adding that “it would be a blow” to the cartels that currently control the illegal market.

(All quotations automatically translated by Google from the original Spanish.)

Mancera has indicated he may run for Mexico’s presidency in 2018, telling El Universal that if elected he would seek to enact national cannabis law reforms.

There’s a lot going on right now in Mexico from a marijuana reform standpoint. Mexico’s Supreme Court recently ruled that cultivating and consuming cannabis is a basic right, and while that case doesn’t legalize marijuana, it does create case law that other people accused of marijuana offenses can rely upon. Mexico is set to have the first of a handful of marijuana reform debates later this month. And now you have the mayor of Mexico’s largest city coming out in support of marijuana legalization. Reform is coming to Mexico, and when it happens it will be a victory so huge that it could create a massive domino effect.


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  • saynotohypocrisy

    This is a nice way to start the upcoming debate in Mexico.

    I hope the debate will educate people that alcohol use is far more likely to lead to catastrophe than cannabis use. In the US public opinion overwhelmingly believes alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis and has for at least several years. I don’t know if that question has ever even been asked in a Mexican opinion poll. There is tremendous room for educating Mexicans about what science says about marijuana vs. alcohol.

    • lovelydestruction

      True, and alcohol is the real gateway drug.

  • Sinclair

    This is a no brainer. To bad the U.S can’t figure it out.

    • I hear ya John but there is far more money in keeping it illegal here than in Mexico or Canada. When both countries north and south legalize it should be the tipping point. Soon my friend, very soon!

      • familyguy

        We need to eliminate private prisons before that will save money and spend less prisoner upkeep. Tax revenues will be up. I don’t know why a lot of these folks are locked-up to start with. Victimless crimes, we have the highest incarceration levels in the world, there is something wrong with this picture!

  • Duncan20903

    The prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants assert that “drug users” are responsible for the crimes of organized criminal syndicates because the users send them money by buying their product. If the users would stop doing that the cartels would wither away and die from money deprivation.

    The drug law reform advocate points out that establishing a well regulated retail supply chain and domestic production would take that money away from the foreign criminal interests.

    The prohibitionist declares that it will not deprive the cartels of their income because the criminals would replace that cash flow by just switching to other criminal profit centers.So if everyone quit buying their product the crims wouldn’t be able to replace the same cash flow by just switching to other criminal profit centers?? Neither consistency nor continuity are the strong suit of the typical prohibitionist.

  • Closet Warrior

    If you wanna put the squeeze on cartel pot, you must include Texas as a border state that has long standing history of being a haven state for Mexican cartel. There’s more tunnels down there than Nazi Germany!

    • familyguy

      TEXANS HAVE ALWAY BEEN BEHIND THE TIME AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. They always vot republican and they expect change. Change is not coming until Texas gets progressive leadership. Anne Richards was the last progressive thinker in Texas. Stupid people breed more stupid people.

      • Closet Warrior

        Unfortunately true

      • jason

        as a Texan..I would like to edit your comment with the words LEGISLATURE to be placed between TEXANS and HAVE..

        I’m certain that if we were actually a free state with ballot initiative…cannabis would already be legal…but unfortunately we have to rely on our bought, oops I mean elected, officials to put something forth…

        • familyguy

          Thanks, I think faster than I type. A bad habit us guys in science and technology develop. I grew up in Texas myself.

  • familyguy

    OK, THEN WHAT THE HELL IS MEXICO WAITING FOR. Drug cartels kill a lot more people than legal cannabis.

  • Ron G.

    I agree–American growers were burying the Mexican competition long before legalization. Medical weed had something to do with it, but I believe it was mostly because so much medical grow ended up on the black market. I lived in Utah most of my life, and Mexican is common so close to the border. But during my last few years there (I moved to Oregon in 2009), west coast weed (especially Oregonian) was supplanting Mexican at an impressive rate. Even on the black market–and Utah is definitely black market–the cartels were losing ground to American growers.

  • jason

    story to be filed in the “NO SHIT!” section of the cabinet….

  • exbioman

    Wouldn’t it be the Bull’s nuts if Canabis/Hemp was legalized in Canada and Mexico. While the good ‘ole progressive U.S.A. sat on it’s laurels in an non-decisive posture? Am I right in believing the U.S.A. was the country that started world-wide prohibition policy?

  • familyguy

    Both canada and mexico have pupette governments with usa agensass. They are afraid of losing usa aid. This is normally money that goes to politicians. An herb as harmless as cannabis needs little regulation and a fair tax, that is all.

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