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Prop. 19 Won't Immediately Calm Cartel Violence, If At All

Hi Amy, Thanks for the clarification. It does appear that the ONDCP is backpedaling, now stating that its previous estimate of 60% "may no longer apply." ( It might be worth noting that page 43 of the Rand study estimates that Mexican cartels could loose "20 percent of their total drug export revenues" if Prop 19 passes and California marijuana undercuts the sale of Mexican marijuana throughout the US: (

October 26, 2010 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prop. 19 Won't Immediately Calm Cartel Violence, If At All

Reporting in the Washington Post ( contradicts the gist of this article. While the Rand study cited in the KPBS piece puts cartel California marijuana earnings at "two to four percent," the Post reports that: "While the trafficking of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine is the main focus of U.S. law enforcement, it is marijuana that has long provided most of the revenue for Mexican drug cartels. More than 60 percent of the cartels' revenue -- $8.6 billion out of $13.8 billion in 2006 -- came from U.S. marijuana sales, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy."

October 26, 2010 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )