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America’s Pot Farmers Are Putting Mexican Cartels Out of Business

Posted on May 6th, 2014 at 22:30 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


For the first time in generations, farmers in central Mexico have stopped planting marijuana.

Due to ample supplies up north, courtesy of medical and recreational cannabis legalization, cartel farmers can’t make any money off pot anymore, they told the Washington Post this week. The price for a pound of Mexican marijuana has plummeted 75 percent from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.

“‘It’s not worth it anymore,'” said 50 year-old Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer. He also told the Post he couldn’t remember the last time his family and others stopped growing mota. “’I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.’”

  1. Great news. But when you click through to the WaPo article they got this from, it opens with this:

    With the wholesale price of marijuana falling — driven in part by decriminalization in sections of the United States — Mexican drug farmers are turning away from cannabis and filling their fields with opium poppies.
    Mexican heroin is flooding north as U.S. authorities trying to contain an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse have tightened controls on synthetic opiates such as hydrocodone and OxyContin. As the pills become more costly and difficult to obtain, Mexican trafficking organizations have found new markets for heroin in places such as Winchester, Va., and Brattleboro, Vt., where, until recently, needle use for narcotics was rare or unknown.

  2. @Desiato – so what is your point? It is better to outlaw pot? Actually in your quote “As the pills become more costly and difficult to obtain, Mexican trafficking organizations have found new markets for heroin…” which means that the issue is economic. Tighten controls on meth feed stock causes a rise in street price thereby allowing a market in less expensive substitute products. It has nothing to do with pot as you would imply. And on another note, it just proves again that the war on drugs is futile. Better to legalize it all and offer excellent treatment facilities.

  3. The title is “America’s Pot Farmers Are Putting Mexican Cartels Out of Business”. I think you’ll agree that they’re not putting the cartel out of business, they’re getting it to shift its business to meth and heroin. The Quote link is to an article that quotes VERY selectively from its source to ignore that issue. I was trying to highlight that distortion. I was not trying to make claims about implications for policy of pot. (I’m completely in favor of legalizing pot.)

  4. OK – clear on that. BTW, I am in favor of decriminalizing all “illegal” drugs, not just weed.

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