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Title Reducing drug trafficking revenues and violence in Mexico : would legalizing marijuana in California help? / Beau Kilmer [and others].

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : RAND International Programs and Drug Policy Research Center, ©2010.
Publication Info. ©2010

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 57 pages) : illustrations.
Series Occasional paper ; OP-325-RC
Occasional paper (Rand Corporation) ; OP-325.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-57).
Contents Introduction -- Methods for estimating drug-trafficking organizations' drug revenues -- U.S. marijuana consumption and Mexican drug-trafficking organizations' revenues from exporting marijuana -- How might legalization in California affect Mexican drug-trafficking organizations' marijuana export revenues? -- Beyond marijuana exports: insights about additional sources of Mexican drug- trafficking organizations' drug revenue -- How could a reduction in marijuana revenues influence Mexican drug-trafficking organizations? -- Conclusion -- Appendix A.A new estimate of the weight of a marijuana joint -- Appendix B. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of sinsemilla and Mexican commercial-grade marijuana -- Appendix C. Marijuana price data -- Appendix D. Exploratory analysis of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations' revenues from other drugs exported to the United States -- Appendix E. Quotes about Mexican-marijuana market share in U.S. Department of Justice publications.
Summary U.S. demand for illicit drugs creates markets for Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and helps foster violence in Mexico. This paper examines how marijuana legalization in California might influence DTO revenues and the violence in Mexico. Key findings include: 1) Mexican DTOs' gross revenues from illegally exporting marijuana to wholesalers in the United States is likely less than $2 billion; 2) The claim that 60 percent of Mexican DTO gross drug export revenues come from marijuana should not be taken seriously; 3) If legalization only affects revenues from supplying marijuana to California, DTO drug export revenue losses would be very small, perhaps 2-4 percent; 4) The only way legalizing marijuana in California would significantly influence DTO revenues and the related violence is if California-produced marijuana is smuggled to other states at prices that outcompete current Mexican supplies. The extent of such smuggling will depend on a number of factors, including the response of the U.S. federal government. 5) If marijuana is smuggled from California to other states, it could undercut sales of Mexican marijuana in much of the U.S., cutting DTOs' marijuana export revenues by more than 65 percent and probably by 85 percent or more. In this scenario, the DTOs would lose approximately 20% of their total drug export revenues.
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Subject Marijuana -- Law and legislation -- California.
Drug legalization -- California.
Drug traffic -- Economic aspects -- Mexico.
Violence -- Mexico.
Drug traffic -- Mexico -- Prevention.
Drug traffic -- Mexico -- Finance.
Violent crimes -- Mexico -- Prevention.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Kilmer, Beau.
Caulkins, Jonathan P. (Jonathan Paul), 1965-
Bond, Brittany M.
Reuter, Peter, 1944-
Rand Corporation.
Drug Policy Research Center (U.S.)
Other Form: Print version: Reducing drug trafficking revenues and violence in Mexico. Santa Monica, CA : RAND International Programs and Drug Policy Research Center, ©2010 0833051075 (DLC) 2010938755 (OCoLC)681494345
ISBN 9780833051103 (electronic bk.)
0833051105 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/OP-325-RC