Legalizing marijuana won't stop the war on drugs, and would likely have very little effect on Mexican drug cartels, the Atlantic reports. How could one of America's most popular underground pastimes not affect its distributors? Because they're no longer the providers, and they haven't for quite a while.
Many have argued that legalized marijuana would adversely affect Mexican drug cartels. Some think-tanks even estimate that legalizing weed in Washington state alone could cost Mexican drug cartels nearly $1.37 billion in profits. But as Keegan Hamilton reports, the only way that legalized weed will likely harm cartels is if states which still buy cartel-supplied marijuana legalize the drug. And those are mostly conservative states unlikely to adopt marijuana-friendly laws.
Additionally, the promulgation of medical marijuana has flooded the marketplace with cheaper, American-produced pot, squeezing out the cartels as suppliers. And this has led the cartels to diversify their illegal activities, including meth trafficking.
Via the Atlantic