Legal cannabis reduced drug trafficking in the southern border of the United States



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To the extent that the states have created a legal chain of cannabis production, the southern border of the United States has seen a decline in this product.

This is the conclusion reached in a new analysis of the Cato Institute when reviewing the cannabis seizures of the border police.

“After decades of no progress in reducing marijuana smuggling, the seizure of the average border police agent saw a 78% reduction in the 2018 fiscal year than in 2013,” the report says.

As of today, more than 10 states have banned cannabis, followed by the example of Colorado and Washington that legalized production in 2012. It is expected that over the next two years, more states will join the list.

The text published by the Cato Institute contrasts the opinion of President Donald Trump and his comments on the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico to stop the illegal smuggling of substances. The president threatened this week to close the government if Congress does not approve this budget.

“The state regulation of marijuana since 2014 has done more to reduce contraband than the recruitment of border police or the construction of walls made from 2003 to 2009.” says David Bier, analyst of the migratory phenomenon of the Cato Institute.

The Cato Institute ensures that these conclusions could also provide inputs to address the problem of illegal migration.

“Just as legalization reduced incentives for marijuana smuggling, greater legal migratory opportunities will attack the incentives of illegal migration,” 

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