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.

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A non-profit group of over 150 current and former athletes is calling for marijuana to be removed form the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances list. Medical marijuana legalization is spreading across the US, but most pro-athletes are still prevented from accessing it. That's because most major sports leagues follow drug guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which bans athletes from using cannabis even outside of competition.

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