An inside look at the drug economy in mexico

Barack Obama opposes legalizing drugs. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery St. In the United States a pound of pot can be sold for seven hundred dollars. Armed with military grade weapons including grenade launchers, the drug gangs are an equal match for Mexican soldiers and police.

These are the border agents that got caught. And legalization therefore does not mean liberalization without controls. US officials at the Hague Convention of and the Geneva Opium Convention of coerced countries to sign on to laws prohibiting the cultivation and export of coca leaf, marijuana, and poppy and to ban recreational use of all drugs.

He bought the state-owned telephone company Telmex, which came to dominate the cell phone market in Mexico. Uneven development of the agrarian sector ensured that there was an endless supply of unskilled, landless, and impoverished workers in Mexico willing to risk working in the illicit narcoeconomy.

Mexican authorities have to look at their own ports, and the routes from the ports across their country to the U. Inside Mexico, others also disputed claims against the correlation between marijuana use and madness. At the end ofthere were 8 million unemployed and five million working in the informal economy.

In due time, the increased flow of north—south commerce also included illegal substances from Mexico and other parts of the Americas. Until Mexican President Felipe Calderon decided he was going to be the one to do this and has been using the army — and U.

Government-subsidized stores that made food available to the poor were closed. Mexico had its own tried and true narco-bourgeoise on the payroll and could expand to accommodate a new product with endless pools of cheap labor.

Heroin and marijuana exports to the US dropped by half; but as a result of the supply constriction, the price shot up exponentially. Or we kill you. Drug profits are invested in and have transformed rural villages from illiterate backwaters to modern towns with Wi-Fi cafes and ostentatious narco-palaces.

American border-patrol agents are on the payroll. The unemployed found dangerous but well paying, steady jobs in the recession-proof drug trade as farmers, drug couriers, truck drivers, chemists, street sellers, informants, armed security guards, and sicarios hired killers.

University of Texas,23— National drug prohibitions were considered outside the scope of government power.

Luis Astorga and David A.

Mexican Drug War

The Mexican military has a long track record of violating human rights, and the rise in allegations of abuse is a direct result of their role in the drug war.The Mexican drug war has killed as many aspeople. But there's an economic cost to drug violence, too.

And though it's dropped over the past five years, it's still an immense one. The. The drug trade in Mexico and efforts by the Mexican government—often with United States assistance—to control the cultivation, sale, and use of narcotics are largely 20th-century phenomena.

Over time, U.S.

The Drug Trade in Mexico

drug control policies have played a large role. Mexico has two economies – the legal economy and the illegal one. The problem is that Mexico's illegal economy, (fueled by drug trafficking) is worth billions – far more than the legal economy.

The journalist Ioan Grillo goes inside the hyper-violent drug cartels of Latin America in an except from his new book Gangster Warlords. The Mexican Drug War (also known as the Mexican War on Drugs; Spanish: guerra contra el narcotráfico en México) is the Mexican theater of the U.S.

led War on drugs, an ongoing, asymmetric conflict between the Mexican Government and various drug trafficking syndicates.

The drug war has a dual function: an economic one to make profits for the narcocapitalists at the top of the drug chain and the drug war military industrial complex, and an .

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