Will cannabis legalization reduce crime in Mexico? Has it in the US?

By Vanda Felbab-Brown

Soon, Mexico will likely become the world’s third country to legalize all aspects of cannabis production and all types of the plant’s use. In a series of columns, I explored whether the legalization was likely to deliver the promised advancement in civil liberties in Mexico and generate high tax revenues and legal incomes for farmers of illicit crops, also the negative environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation, including water depletion. In this column, I will examine whether cannabis legalization is likely to eliminate the black market, deprive violent criminal groups of money, and reduce criminal violence.

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