DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures on the Southern Border Decreased Significantly After National Legalization Laws Passed – NORML Responds | cannabis


Marijuana seizures along the southern border have fallen by over 80 percent since 2013, according to data Data released this week by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Commenting on the sharp decline in US demand for cannabis made in Mexico, NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said: “This dramatic shift in the cannabis supply chain is a welcome development. As the reformers predicted, when given the option, consumers will choose their cannabis to grow in America. The decisions of the states to legally regulate cannabis have, as expected, led to a steep decline in the demand for imported cannabis and disrupted the illegal cannabis trade in Mexico significantly. These are important developments that need to be highlighted as more states continue to discuss replacing cannabis criminalization policies with those seeking to legalize and regulate the marijuana market. “

In the agency’s 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment publication, the author writes: “In the US markets, Mexican marijuana has been largely replaced by domestic marijuana. In 2019 CBP [US Customs and Border Protection] seized nearly 249,000 kilograms of marijuana along the SWB [southwest border]That is a decrease of over 287,000 kilograms in 2018. CBP marijuana seizures along the SWB have decreased by more than 81 percent since 2013, when nearly 1.3 million kilograms were seized. “

Marijuana seizures on the southern border hit an all-time high in 2009, when the time came four million pounds of cannabis were seized by federal agents.

Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize the commercial production of adult marijuana in 2012. Thirteen other US states have since passed similar laws.

The full text of the DEA’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2020 is available for download Here.


NORML is committed to changing public order so that responsible adult ownership and use of marijuana will no longer be prosecuted. NORML is also committed to a regulated commercial cannabis market so that activities involving the for-profit production and retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products are safe, transparent, consumer-friendly and subject to a state and / or local license. Finally, NORML advocates additional changes to legal and regulatory guidelines so that those who use marijuana responsibly are not exposed to social stigma or discrimination in the workplace, and so that those with criminal records of marijuana violations have the option of having their records automatically wiped out.

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