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Legal Weed Cuts Into Cartel Activity

Drops in trafficking and violence correspond to the rise of taxed-and-regulated marijuana in the U.S.

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Score one for the stoners. While the failing drug warriors of American law enforcement waste their time feeding ever more of their fellow citizens into a cruel and pointless prison system, the exact opposite approach—legalization—is taking a bite out of drug-related crime. Time reports that the legalization of marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado, as well as the expansion of medical weed laws and softening of penalties in other states, is stymieing the ability of violent Mexican cartels to profit off the plant. While these organizations are still importing harder drugs, marijuana trafficking and correlated violence are down. According to Time:

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