No kidding. But how much of their business is made up of selling marijuana? But the estimates that come out of Washington think tanks also predict that it will mean a change in their current business models, and most likely, not be a good one. The changes don’t necessarily mean a decline in violence, especially if the marijuana business is replaced by stepped up robbery, kidnapping, and extortion. Or the pedaling of harder, more addictive drugs. Illegal drug dealing is not a victimless crime.
Other predictions claim that the legalization will mean a drastic decrease in cost, and according to CNN, “consumption would also likely increase – the report estimates that for every 10 percent decrease in price, the number of consumers would rise by 3 percent.” So we have that to look forward to.
Speaking of illegal drugs in a broader sense, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs regularly, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. And that demand translates into between $18 and $39 billion annually to Mexican drug cartels. For pot, it’s $60 an ounce. A pound sells for about $425.
While pulling the teeth out of the mouths of drug cartelsis high on the priority list in the so-called war on drugs, the question remains whether or not legalizing it here in America will be the most effective way to do it.