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Mom-and-pop pot growers cut cartels’ profits

Mexican traffickers face economic battle as U.S. marijuana production rises

By Steve Fainaru and William Booth

ARCATA, Calif. - Stiff competition from thousands of mom-and-pop marijuana farmers in the United States threatens the bottom line for powerful Mexican drug organizations in a way that decades of arrests and seizures have not, according to law enforcement officials and pot growers in the United States and Mexico.

Illicit pot production in the United States has been increasing steadily for decades. But recent changes in state laws that allow the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes are giving U.S. growers a competitive advantage, challenging the traditional dominance of the Mexican traffickers, who once made brands such as Acapulco Gold the standard for quality.

Almost all of the marijuana consumed in the multibillion-dollar U.S. market once came from

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Added: Oct-7-2009 Occurred On: Oct-7-2009
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  • if it were legal to grow 2 plants per household the mexicans wouldn't have a market for their inferior product!

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  • Maybe they should start putting "Grown in the USA" on their bags.

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  • Buy American.

    Manuel won't be able to afford his bullets.

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  • Quality matters!

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  • oooh thats good news grow baby grow buy american make those cartels into poor dirtbags again that have to get a job.

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  • Probably about 60-75% of weed in the USA is domestically grown and high quality weed. Impossible to do with cocoa but now the cartels are making meth in mexico for importation into the USA. Bad stuff.

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    • although meth has been around for a while now, letting the mexicans make it is like the US importing all its household products from China. extremely cheap, massive quantity, but more deadly then the "home brew" stuff due to unknown ingredients.

      back in the day they had "Refer Madness", we'll need an updated one with a "Meth Madness" Sequel...

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    • Reefer madness was mostly disinformation, but most folks have already seen real life Meth horror stories.
      Idiots stay up for days on meth and become hyper psychotic maniacs. I've seen people on Meth admitted to the psychiatric hospital where I used to work.
      Crazy bastards have been sweating for 5 days straight (meth will do that to you), with no showering or personal hygiene. They almost always have to be physically restrained, their teeth are rotted from the chemicals and almost 50% of the case More..

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  • USA! USA! USA!

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  • i would hate to live in america smoking outdoor shit from the cartels.

    i'm an indoor kinda guy

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  • legalize it and you kill the cartel

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  • And this is the exact reason why it should be legalized. Legalization would wipe out a very large portion of the war on drugs. That and marijuana is harmless. Liquor is much worse.

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