This is the second year U.S Border Patrol reported a decrease in drug seizures along the Mexican border. In 2015, Border agents confiscated 1.5 million pounds. That’s a big upgrade from 4 million confiscations in 2009, and i don’t think it’s because a lack of service on the U.S Border Patrol’s end. What could be the possible factors for this? Washington Post used the headline “Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldn’t.” It would be safe to say the due to increased production of legal marijuana here in the states, marijuana suppliers (of legal or illegal nature) would rather go the closer and cheaper route. Because of Medical marijuana laws, the pressure of getting weed from illegal avenues have been lifted weed legal options (or at least decriminalized).
So what does this mean for the cartels? Marijauna laws will continue to pass and more and more avenues to get weed will be available. The price of the weed will decrease and suppliers wont even want the hassle of buying anything over the border.
The cartel will then be forced to get other real jobs (or sell meth).