Mexicos War on Drugs

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Mexico's Drug War

There is a saying in Mexico that states “Mejor vivir como un rey por cinco años que vivir como laborador por cincuenta” which translates to “better to live as a king for five years than as an Ox for fifty.” This is particularly a famous saying between the poor youth because their opportunities are so limited they believe it is better to be part of the “narcos” and be a “narco king” for a short period than to live a long time as a laborer, worker, or slave. Consequently, throughout the years, drug cartels (the most famous being Sinaloa) have developed across Mexico with the intent of making money by selling drugs; this has caused many encounters with the law, corruption, and death. In addition, Fund for Peace
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After many years under fear, in 2006, Felipe Calderon became the new president. He began employing military troops to fight the cartels; also, he began communications with the United States, asking for help financially and with brute force in order to stop the drug cartels in Mexico. The U.S. and Mexico started a partnership in the year 2008, called the Merida Initiative. The purpose of this partnership is to fight organized crime and violence related to it. According to state.gov, the U.S. has given about $2.3 billion since the partnership began (Department of State). Additionally, the United States of America is the number one consumer of drugs in the world and ninety percent of these drugs are produced in Mexico. For this reason, America plays a big role in the equation. Therefore, by legalizing marijuana in the US, Mexican drug cartels would be affected directly, simply because this would significantly reduce the illegal drug consumption; which means that the price of this drug would drop dramatically leading to a devastating cut in the profit of the drug cartels. Furthermore, it did not take long after the legalization of marijuana in Colorado for researchers to start noticing and further investigating into the effects this would have on Mexican cartels if this event were to take place nationwide. In How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in charts an article by Olga Khazan she writes:
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