For decades, Mexican cartels made their millions from smuggling tons of marijuana across the border into the United States. But legalization in America has dried up that demand and now, the tides have turned as Mexcians are demanding access to some of the top-shelf cannabis that’s being produced to the north.
One Mexican gangster told Bloomberg, “Connoisseurs in Juárez are noticing, they’re starting to demand Purple Haze or Kush from American dispensaries. Gang members bring the quality stuff back from the U.S.”
For the past few years, Mexican distributors have been taking huge hits from the growth of legalization in America. So much so, that Mexican drug dealers have now moved on to distributing other drugs, like meth or heroin. These days, about one-third of marijuana is grown in the U.S., compared to a sixth in the past.
The marijuana industry has for all intents and purposes depleted Mexico of its ability to profit from distributing the plant. In turn, America is seeing a new generation of entrepreneurs transforming their backyard kush into a global brand.
In the end, all that could be left for Mexico to do is to partner up with the U.S. to form a comprehensive medical marijuana program that would allow Mexican residents to receive cannabis from America. It makes sense, since in a 2013 survey, 64 percent of Mexicans supported medical marijuana legislation.