Biggest blow to Mexico drug cartels? It could be on your state ballot.
Photograph Courtesy of Ed Andrieski
A Mexican study says legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the US – an issue on the ballot in three US states – could cut the proceeds of Mexican drug gangs by 30 percent.
By Sara Miller Llana, Staff Writer / November 5, 2012
Over the past year, the world has eyed Latin America as it has forged forward, in both policy and politics, with a rethink of the “war on drugs.” (See our recent cover story on “Latin America reinventing the war on drugs” here.)
But tomorrow, the world will be watching the United States, the birthplace of the “war on drugs,” as three states vote on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
“The possible legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US could provoke a considerable loss in proceeds of drug trafficking for Mexican criminal organizations,” the report concludes. In fact, it says, ballot initiatives Tuesday could represent the biggest blow to Mexican criminal syndicates in decades.