Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs said Tuesday that the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington’s laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.
The statement came on the same day a United Nations-based drug agency urged the U. S. government to challenge those laws, saying they violate international drug treaties.
The Department of Justice is expected to officially address the recently-passed marijuana legalization legislation in Washington and Colorado, and few expect the Obama Administration to react favorably to the new laws. That said, with the possibility that 25 of the 50 United States could have legalized medical marijuana by the end of 2014, it’s becoming increasingly clear that politicians are fighting a losing battle that is likely to start costing them votes (if it hasn’t already) in the years to come.
A new study from the Instituto Mexicano Para La Competitividad A.C. (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness) reveals potentially devastating consequences for a number of Mexican drug cartels should marijuana be legalized in a handful of the United States. The Mexican think thank believes the legalization measures on the ballot in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington could cut combined cartel profits by as much as 22 to 30 percent, and could severely cripple the infamous Sinaloa Cartel that operates in Western Mexico. source
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