5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mexican Marijuana Cartels

The Mexican Drug War is run by rival Mexican drug cartels that control most marijuana and drug activity in the country. Los Zetas, La Maña, and Narcos are just examples of some of these criminal organizations that sell, move, and control all drugs in Mexico. For many people enjoying legal marijuana in other countries, this is all they know about the Mexican drug cartels, so here are some facts about these organizations that you didn’t know.

First, these Mexican cartels actually have a relationship with the United States because they take in between $19 and $29 billion annually from U.S. drug sales. The cartels have spent years developing a detailed understanding of enforcement operations, which has helped them improve their bulk cash smuggling approach to take in so much money. One of these approaches includes narco submarines, which are used to transport drugs over the border. The United States and Mexico increased their “War on Drugs” in the 1990s and 2000s, so the submarines helped the cartels sell more drugs while also avoiding paying off any authorities. The Mexican government hopes to see a shift in this cartel activity, because the country just legalized medical marijuana in an effort to help curb cartel violence. We are hopeful the legalization of marijuana in Mexico and elsewhere will help stop these cartels from engaging in illegal drug activity.


For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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