States that legalized pot – How will the drug cartels operate?
Like I said before, all the pot smokers are crowing that pot has been made legal by voters in Colorado and Washington state. Many expected Mexican drug cartels, who earn billions of dollars a year by smuggling marijuana into the United States, to be in a state of panic – but one expert said they will carry on just fine if pot is legalized.
“The cartel is going to likely adapt to that situation and move other types of drugs into those two particular states,” said Alex del Carmen, a professor of criminology at the University of Texas-Arlington.
So in other words, the drug problem could be made worse? Meaning harder more dangerous drugs will then be trafficked into those states, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
Del Carmen says, “You look at what we’ve done on the border by adding more agents, by being able to improve our technological devices,” he said. “And the cartel has always managed to get drugs to the U.S. in spite of our efforts.”
It’s unknown exactly how much money the cartels will lose by the states’ legalization, although according to federal, it’s still illegal to possess and smoke marijuana. People who live in the border city El Paso, Texas, have seen first hand the devastating affects of the war on drugs. Its sister city, Ciudad Juarez, has lost more than 10,000 lives since the Mexican drug war was declared in 2006.
Michael Friel, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, told FoxNews.com that the new state laws are not changing the way the agency operates.
“CBP’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance,” Friel said.
And keeping it illegal in the U.S. fuels drug cartels to produce for the United Sates, the largest consumer of illegal narcotics in the world. That has led to the fierce violence as Mexican drug cartels fight for smuggling routes into the U.S.
El Paso City Council representative Susie Byrd co-authored a book with Rep.-elect Beto O’Rourke titled “Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico.”
Byrd, who is married and the mother of three children, said she does not support marijuana use; however she believes two states legalizing it will lower the amount of pot smuggled into the U.S., thus leading to a dip in violence sparked by drug cartels.
Will the states be able to tax and regulate the industry? No one knows, as neither state has put forth any plan, yet the voters passed the initiatives. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the cartels.