As the United States slowly embraces marijuana legalization, Mexican drug cartels are smuggling less weed across the border.
Accomplishing what the Drug War couldn’t with threats of intimidation and incarceration – the constant drip, drip, drip of marijuana reform currently taking place throughout the U.S. has ostensibly shattered the Mexican Drug Cartel’s grip on its smuggling operations along the US border, according to the Washington Post.
Last year approximately 15,000 Border Patrol agents were hard at work scouring the Mexican desert and searching the hot and arid region from San Diego to the Gulf of Mexico for pot smugglers. While successful in some cases, new data released by the U.S. Border Patrol suggests that 2015 was a dismal year for marijuana busts along the porous border. Declining to its lowest rate of capture in the past decade.
Seizing a meager 1.5 million pounds of Mexican weed at the border during 2015, last year’s total represents a heady decline from the 4 million pounds of marijuana confiscated in 2009 on the US border.
Photo Courtesy of the United States Border Patrol
With Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington all profiting from state sanctioned marijuana sales, this new data implies that legally cultivated domestic marijuana is one of the most cost-effective ways to end the violence and bloodshed along the Mexican border.