Home-grown marijuana – the impact on Mexico has been devastating


‎Tuesday, ‎May ‎27, ‎2014

When marijuana was illegal across the entire United States, the pot business in Mexico was fantastically profitable.

                                                     Image                                Image

It brought a ton of American dollars into the country for nearly five decades.

Now that growing cannabis is legal in parts of the United States, however – and consumers can now simply visit a local dispensary to purchase home-grown marijuana – the impact on Mexico has been devastating.

Before, a farmer working for the cartels in Mexico used to be able to command $100 a kilo for quality marijuana. Today, the price has crashed to $25 a kilo.

                                                                     Image

It’s simple supply and demand at work.

But legalization isn’t just affecting farmers. It’s taking a massive bite out of crime – both in Mexico, and in the United States.
Fact: The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses than any other country in the world. In all, nearly a third of a million people are imprisoned for drug-related crimes in America. More specifically, 12.4% of federal drug offenders and 12.7% of state drug offenders are imprisoned for nothing more than marijuana-related charges.

These are mind-boggling numbers.

                                                           Image

In 2010, the Justice Policy Institute concluded that “treatment delivered in the community is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent [drug-related] crimes and costs approximately $20,000 less than incarceration per person per year.”

There’s more, too…                          Image

A study by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy concluded that every dollar spent on community-centric drug treatment yields over $18 in cost savings related to crime. Prison, meanwhile, yields just $0.37 in public safety benefits for every dollar spent, according to the Justice Policy Institute.

                                                           Image

Ultimately, prisons are overburdened, and the cost of imprisoning non-violent drug offenders has skyrocketed. As the War on Drugs draws down and marijuana legalization spreads across the country, America is obligated to address its broken prison system, as well.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s