Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana – what will happen to the drug lords?

Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana – what will happen to the drug lords?

Denver : CO : USA | Nov 11, 2012 at 6:44 AM PST
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Colorado voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and it is believed that such a move would hurt the drug cartels and help combat the menace of drugs.

It is agreed that drugs are bad, those who get addicted to this evil are doomed for life because, an addict cannot survive unless he gets his regular fix and, because the open sale of the substance is banned, and the addicts have to arrange to get the drugs at a premium.

They have to, literally beg, borrow or steal I or even commit grave crimes to arrange for the money.

And the drug lords smile all the way to their banks.

Once marijuana is legalized, it would be available off-the-shelf at designated outlets like at any druggist at standard rates.

This has actually happened in Colorado - Denver Relief is one of 500 medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the state where marijuana is sold openly – the drug is sold legally and has come as a boon to the community.

On the day President Barack Obama got re-elected, the states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

It has been reported in a study conducted by the Mexican Competitiveness Institute that legalizing cannabis in Colorado, Washington and Oregon could cut cartel profits by up to 30 percent - that would be a big blow to the drug lords.

As per the new legislation, possession of marijuana in small amounts is allowed for adults over 21 - and it is not restricted to only its residents but is applicable to visitors also so long as they purchase and use the drug while in Colorado or Washington.

The Tourism Director of Colorado tried to downplay the prospect of a new marijuana tourism boom, and ski-resorts are also watching further developments.

Marijuana is a drug, and drug cartels thrive on conducting their activities and have built empires from the profits - they have well-organized groups and many people, who belong to such groups, are from the police forces.

Many of them have been forced into co-operating because of the threat of death always hanging over their heads – these threats could be of the individual or of members of his family.

In order to show that they mean business, the drug cartels behead those who revolt or do not see eye to eye with the drug lords, often dumping the headless bodies on busy roads.

An instance of this took place in May of 2012, when 23 bodies were found hanging from a bridge along the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The bodies were decapitated.

Nine of the victims (four of them were women) were hanging from an overpass that led to a main highway while another 14 human heads were found inside coolers outside city hall. The 14 bodies were later found in black plastic bags inside a car abandoned near an international bridge.

Obviously, such actions are meant to strike terror in the minds of those who fail to comply with the dictates of the bosses.

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Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana – what will happen to the drug lords
Several varieties of marijuana buds are displayed for sale at a medical marijuana center in Denver in April 2012. (Image: Reuters/Rick Wilking)
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