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Will American Pot Farmers Put the Cartels out of Business?

Will American Pot Farmers Put the Cartels out of Business? | Geography Education |
They've driven prices so low that Mexican growers are giving up.

For the first time ever, many of the farmers who supply Mexican drug cartels have stopped planting marijuana, reports the Washington Post. "It's not worth it anymore," said Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer from central Mexico. "I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization."  Facing stiff competition from pot grown legally and illegally north of the border, the price for a kilogram of Mexican schwag has plummeted by 75 percent, from $100 to $25.

Seth Dixon's insight:

Events that we think of as local (Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana use) have national and global implications, especially in a globalized economy.  This article is but one example of why geographers try to approach every issue at a variety of scales to more fully comprehend the ramifications and ripple effects of any given phenomenon. 

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, September 23, 2014 11:00 AM

As marijuana becomes more common and increasingly legitimized in the United States, the international drug market is beginning to feel the effects. Drug cartel traffickers have begun settling and growing on American soil, but it would seem even that will not help them compete with the new mass of medical and recreational marijuana grown "professionally" elsewhere in the country. This, paired with other news articles claiming states can earn billions off marijuana taxes, offer more support to the argument for legalization.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 13, 2014 7:39 PM

This article shows that what happen in one country can have an effect on another. The decriminalization of marijuana in the U.S is causing the business of the cartels to drop 75%, and with the DEA spending $2 billion to keep illegal drugs from crossing the border, it is making people feel safer.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:44 PM

Many hold hope that the legalization of Marijuana in the United States will take away much of the Mexican and South American drug cartels' power. These cartels thrive off selling illegal drugs to Americans in return for exorbitant amounts of money. If we are able to legalize these drugs within the country the need for cartels will hopefully diminish over time. While this won't fully eliminate them as they also deal in other drugs this is definitely a step in the right direction.


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