This week I want to look at the international drug and the United States’ involvement in it from the lens of the government. I want to discuss what exactly the US has done in the way of laws and legislation in a response to the drug trade. There is over a $30 billion dollar business in the US based on trafficking of international drugs. Now that Obama is in office for a second term, what are his plans in this regard?
While not the most controversial or dangerous drug, Marijuana has been in the news for years. Within a lot of circles there has been discussion of feel legalization of marijuana in the US. It is often argued, as it is here, that a legalization of marijuana would make the US have less high touch environments with Mexican cartels and would, in fact, slow down their business and operations. Here is a quick blurb from the linked article above:
“The possible legalization of marijuana at the state level in the US could provoke a considerable loss in proceeds of drug trafficking for Mexican criminal organizations,” the report concludes. In fact, it says, ballot initiatives Tuesday could represent the biggest blow to Mexican criminal syndicates in decades.
With Oregon, Colorado and Washington having initiatives to legalize marijuana, the trend could be coming where more and more states are going to try to legalize marijuana. How is this going to effect the international drug trade within the United States and what tangential laws will the US government put into play to make sure that the legalization does not become a problem? It has been determined by a Mexican think tank that these laws could lower marijuana trafficking and revenues within the US by 30% for cartels.
I want to take a look at the history of US drugs laws and how they have adapted to the change of different strategies by drug traffickers. Here are some major milestones in America’s history with drug policy. I look forward to diving into this history and any other future plans in order to see both the short and long term strategy.