US: Illicit cannabis trafficking from Mexico declines amid state legalization, DEA says

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said in a new report that as more cannabis is being produced domestically in the U.S., it’s undermining illicit cannabis trafficking from Mexico.

As part of its Fiscal Year 2023 performance budget summary submitted to Congress, the agency talked about shifting trends in cannabis production, as well as its own efforts to support cannabis research, including by breaking the decades-long federal monopoly on authorized cultivation.

DEA didn’t exactly come out and say that more Americans are buying cannabis from state-regulated businesses as the legalization movement has continued to expand, but it did say that “Mexican cannabis has largely been supplanted by domestic-produced cannabis,” even if that country “remains the most significant foreign source for cannabis.”

“Cannabis remains illegal under Federal law and is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States,” the agency said. “The national landscape continues to evolve as states enact voter referenda and legislation regarding the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana and its associated products.”


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