This intensely graphic photo was taken in Mexico City after a shoot-out between rival drug cartels. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the violence was sparked by a botched drug deal involving an estimated 20 kilograms of marijuana, a dispute that led low-level members of the Sinaloa cartel to open fire on local dealers.
This killing has to end!
This year, the deaths from the cartels is already up to 3500. That’s a 40% increase from past years. Today’s Mexican cartels “are as ruthless and brutal as any terrorist organization,” says Sen. John McCain. It’s time to stop funding this violence!
According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Mexican drug cartels receive 60% of their revenue from selling marijuana in the US. In addition, the FBI states that the cartels control marijuana distribution in about 230 US cities. Our laws in the US have created a thriving black market for marijuana. This puts money directly into the hands of evil drug lords.
For the cartels, marijuana is the king crop. It consistently sustains its marketability and profitability. – Rafael Reyes, the chief of Mexico & Central America section of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Prohibition Doesn’t Work
In the 30s, when alcohol prohibition took place, organized crime was fueled and Al Capone only grew more powerful. This is the same with marijuana. People aren’t going to stop purchasing marijuana, so let’s make sure they can get it from a safe and reliable source, in particular, one that is not killing thousands of people every year.
Vincente Fox, the Mexican President from 2000-2006, supported legalization saying, “We should consider legalizing the production, sale, and distribution of drugs as a way to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to earn huge profits…radical prohibition strategies have never worked.”
NY Times says that despite huge enforcement actions on both sides of the Southwest border, the Mexican marijuana trade is more robust and brazen than ever.
Be part of the solution and legalize marijuana. No more funding these heinous acts. Let’s put our money to better use, like fixing our own economy.