The violence associated with marijuana has to do with the fact that it's illegal. If it were legalized, the price would go down and it would be less profitable, so the cartels would be out of business.
Anyone who says smoking weed is a victimless crime doesn't understand the issues. Drug enforcement officers and police on both sides of the borders have been murdered by cartels and marijuana growers. Marijuana is by far the most profitable cash crop in Mexico, which is the reason the Mexican government doesn't want the U.S. to legalize it. While Mexico makes moral arguments against legalizing it, the fact is narcotics are a $40 billion per year industry in Mexico, and pumps much-needed liquidity into their economy. Their banking system and government would collapse if profits from marijuana dropped from 80 percent to 10 percent.
The government should consider meeting with marijuana growers, introducing them to other crops, and providing seed money to make the transition, much like Thailand did more than a decade ago.
However, I don't think it'll become legal at the federal level for awhile, given the precedent in the U.S.
Here's an article from 2010 that explains the issue better than I could: http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20100405_mexico_and_failed_state_revisited?utm_source=GWeekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100406&utm_content=readmore&elq=d216c3c85de5479bb8578b091fb502a0
0 ( +2 / -2 )