While Fighting a War on Drugs, Mexico Has Become a Drug Consumer Nation
To better understand the drug war in Mexico, Mariana Van Zeller follows the heroin to its source: poppy farms in the state of Guerrero. (National Geographic)
Myths fall. Mexico stopped being a production and transit country and has also become a drug consumer. The illegal business is no longer to just pass the drugs over the border nor the illegal landing strips for airplanes to bring in cocaine from Colombia and Bolivia. Also those superboats at the fishing camps on the Pacific Coast in which the drugs are transported. It is not enough to traffic in tons with the production of marijuana and heroin poppies cultivated up in the mountains.
With the legalization of the consumption of marijuana in eight American states plus Washington D.C., Mexican producers lost 12% of the US market, according to the most recent study by the consulting firm Arcview. Mexican criminal organizations need to find new markets and they found them in their own country.
In 5 years, from 2011 to 2016, marijuana consumption in Mexico went from 1.2 to 2.1 percent, and crystal is the dominant drug, according to the National Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption Survey 2016-2017.
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