Medical marijuana legalization, on the ballot in Florida, received a whopping 71% support from voters. Medical marijuana legalization also received massive endorsements in Arkansas and North Dakota. Voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine also approved measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their territories.
The good news is that the legalization spree of the plant by states is yielding massive results. Apart from the fact that legal marijuana has resulted in creating new opportunities through jobs creation and generation of revenues for various state governments, it is also tackling a serious long-time problem facing the United States — the drug problem.
In 2016, data released by the United States Border Patrol showed marijuana seizures along the southwest border with Mexico have tumbled to their lowest levels in at least a decade. Border agents seized roughly 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the border — down from a peak of nearly 4 million pounds seized in 2009.
Basic economics suggests if there is more supply, price will fall. If price falls, business becomes unprofitable. Marijuana prices have therefore fallen in the United States. When states were yet to legalize the plant, users were relying on supplies from Mexico. Because of the Mexican monopoly, the price was high. Mexican growers and smugglers were making huge profits, while the United States was spending scarce resources fighting the trade.
From the available evidence, legal marijuana has proven the solution to the U.S. drug problem is legalization. If psychoactive drugs in general are legalized, supply would increase, leading to a fall in price. It would then become unprofitable to smuggle, driving away criminal networks associated with the trade.
NOTE: AnonHQ.com claimed there was a video included in the article with the DEA admitting that legal marijuana is doing what fighting the drug war could not… But there wasn’t a video.