In another sign that marijuana legalization in the United States is achieving the goals of the reform movement, there are indications that it is already undermining the illegal marijuana trade in Mexico. From NPR:
“Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,” says Nabor, a 24-year-old pot grower in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. “But now they’re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It’s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground.”
Legalization won’t immediately eliminate the black market, but it will steadily shrink it until it is only a shadow of what it used to be. This is what we saw after the end of alcohol prohibition in this country. International alcohol smuggling into the United States used to be a huge business funding significant criminal organizations, but re-legalizing alcohol sales eventually crippled that.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy on sale for just $0.99