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According to High Times and The Guardian, El Paso law makers are pushing to legalize marijuana due to its proximity to Ciudad, Juárez. Ciudad, Juárez is about a 30-45 minute drive away.
The Guardian reported 44,000 pounds of marijuana were seized from the El Paso area last year. El Pasoans told The Guardian legalizing weed would harm the cartels’ income and take away a lot of their power.
“The cartels are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been and what have we really done that’s thwarted their efforts? Nothing,” Justin Underwood, an El Paso attorney, told the Guardian. “I am of the opinion that human beings are going to do drugs, period. Human beings are going to drink alcohol. I accept these things as facts and as long as you have a demand you will always have a supply, no matter what.”
“I don’t know that it would reduce crime in El Paso, which is already the safest city in America—but it would help to reduce cartel crime in Mexico,” U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, explained. “Today, Mexican cartels enjoy billions of dollars in profits from U.S. drug sales, profits that go to hire young men and women, to buy politicians, police and judges, and allow some to commit crime with impunity.”
El Paso faces an uphill battle in the conservative state. Despite 11 cannabis-related bills that were introduced this year in the Texas legislature, the only one to pass was a restrictive bill legalizing certain cannabis oils to treat severe epilepsy.
Check it out, El Paso made High Times and The Guardian!