Noah Widelo: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Mexico

As previously mentioned before, Mexican drug cartels make massive amounts of money moving illegal narcotics into the United States. However, the effects of having violent, unhinged cartels located within Mexico’s borders accounts for rising rates in drug-use. The president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has pushed for amending the nation’s drug laws. The logical reasoning is that after the drug components are produced in Mexico, some get left behind to create addiction and abuse. The president currently considers the “war on drugs” quite ineffective and thinks that instituting more rehabilitation programs instead of punishment can shift the drug-related problems in the right direction. Moreover, an executive director from Marijuana Policy Project spoke about how the policies that prohibition policies have done little to change the supply and demand or decreased harm in much of the communities.

Many states in the U.S. are moving towards the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana so that cartels will have less power due to free market competition from cannabis entrepreneurs. Mexican legislature has until April 30, 2020 to pass reform legislation to legalize personal use and cultivation of cannabis. The importance of legalization is that it allows more transparency and less opportunities for corruption in the government. Although, cartels have many other cruel methods like extortion to maintain strong footholds in the underground economy. In my opinion, only time will tell with the new implementation of laws with the goal of decreasing corruption and violence in Mexico. I believe that abolishing drug trafficking is a complex problem that needs to receive attention in the recruitment level of young cartel members as well, for example.

 

Johnson, S. (2019, September 12). Why not legalize drugs altogether in Mexico? Retrieved from https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/mexico-decriminalization?

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