Folks, if we aren’t careful, we are going to miss a golden opportunity in our great nation that could transform the American economic landscape into a raging bull of agricultural ascension.
I’m speaking, of course, about legalized marijuana: A trending reality worldwide, in which a number of First World countries are dipping their toes and finding the water just lovely.
Legal pot has been widely recognized in places where access to the plant has been granted as a massive boon to society, but not necessarily for its hippy-dippy, “let’s just love each other, man”, sentiment, but for the very real cultural, medical, and financial impact that the drug has provided.
Not only has legal marijuana completely reinvigorated the economy of states like Colorado, but areas in which legal pot is available, the rate of opioid overdose has plummeted incredibly as well, leading many to wonder if weed could be the key to unraveling the epidemic we face in this country today.
Now, Mexico is looking to legalize weed, as well as some other drugs, in order to create an opportunity to take the power out of the hands of the megalithic drug cartels who, in many ways, are dictating the direction of society south of the border.
Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister “carte blanche” to explore the possibility of legalizing drugs in a bid to curb violent crime, she said Tuesday.
Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause when she made the comment at a university seminar on addressing brutal violence fueled by Mexico’s drug cartels, the biggest suppliers to US consumers of cocaine, heroin and other narcotics.
It was one of her first public events since Lopez Obrador, a leftist widely known as “AMLO,” won a landslide victory in Mexico’s July 1 election with a promise of sweeping change in a country fed up with crime and corruption.
“On the subject of decriminalizing drugs, Andres Manuel told me, and I quote: ‘Carte blanche. Whatever is necessary to restore peace in this country. Let’s open up the debate,'” said Sanchez Cordero.
As Americans, there are very real concerns that this legalization, combined with the end of pot prohibition recently enacted in Canada, could leave the United States behind in the world of pot profitability.
America is a sleeping giant in the legal weed industry. Not only do we have an enormous landscape on which the plant could be introduced, but we also have the world’s most undeniably talented men and women of agriculture. With the right support, we could easily be the worldwide leader in weed, and create a massive export market for the drug as its legalization continues to spread around the globe.
It’s renewable gold, people, and if we continue to sleep on this opportunity, we are literally giving billions of dollars to Canada and Mexico.