Study: Legalizing Marijuana in U.S. Could Hurt Mexican Drug Syndicates

Legalizing Marijuana Could Hurt Drug SyndicatesA study released by a Mexican think tank concludes if three U.S. state initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana are approved by voters in today’s election, proceeds for Mexican drug trafficking syndicates could be reduced by up to 30 percent.

The Mexican Competitiveness Institute study concludes that if the measures in Colorado, Washington and Oregon are approved by voters, demand for Mexican marijuana would be undercut, The Christian Science Monitor reports. If the measures are passed, the institute says the states would produce marijuana that is of higher quality and less expensive.

The report notes that if no illegal drug market emerges in states where recreational marijuana is legal, to supply other states, then Mexican drug operations will continue to supply those states with marijuana.

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