Mexican drug cartels have been facing a significant shortage in marijuana and opium in recent months, thanks not to government officials but rather, an ongoing drought facing the region. The reluctance of rain to fall has not only impacted traditional crops, but it has also hit poppy farms used for opium production, as well as marijuana plantations, a large source for the southern United States.
The Army Forces in Mexico have stepped up their efforts against drug cartels, with constant surveillance of areas know for drug production. Gen. Pedro Gurrola, a commander in the Armed Forces of Mexico, told reporters,
“We can see a lot less than in other years, it depends a lot on conditions. As you can see, everything is dry.”
While the drought has hurt Mexico’s marijuana farmers, it has also forced drug cartels to move into other directions, like synthetic drugs. Gurrola did say that there had been a dramatic decrease in the number of marijuana plantations, however; there has also been growth in production facilities designed to produce methamphetamine, a growing epidemic in the United States.
About Chad Morgan
As the founder of Herbisto.com, I am an advocate and political activist for the decriminalization of marijuana, and the legalization of medical marijuana.
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