Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At Southern Border

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 4, 2016

    personal_cultivationIs less marijuana entering the US from Mexico today than in years past? According to newly released data provided by the US Border Patrol, the answer may be ‘yes.’

    Federal statistics reveal that law enforcement seized an estimated 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the US/Mexico border in 2015. That total is the lowest amount reported in a decade and continues a steady year-by-year decline in seizure volume that began in 2009, when nearly 4 million pounds of cannabis were confiscated.

    Overall, 99.8 percent of all marijuana seized by federal border patrol agents was seized at the southern border.

    It has been previously reported that increases in US marijuana production, particularly the rise of state-authorized commercial growing in jurisdictions like Colorado, has significantly undercut US demand for Mexican-grown cannabis, which is typically presumed to be of lesser quality.

    22 responses to “Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At Southern Border”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      This is just one more good sign of the changes that are happening.

    2. Roger Nehring says:

      Less profit for criminal gangs. YAY!

    3. Julian says:

      I live in Central Texas and I don’t know anyone who still gets their supply from the moldy bricks comin up from Mexico. It’s all comin from Colorado or maybe some home grown. Why would anyone pay for some dirt weed again when we can get some pesticide free, excellent marijuana from right here in the U.S.?
      The fact that supplies are dwindling from the illegal trade south of the border is not as surprising as Mexico’s federal courts allowing medicinal marijuana to certain families whose children have epilepsy.

      What would amaze me is if Pin-head Nieto, President of Mexico, sends an envoy to support drug policy reform to the UN for the UNGASS meeting this April that’s about to flip international drug policy on its @$$.
      I wish I could find the resources to be there for THAT meeting.

    4. me says:

      re; Mexican-grown cannabis, which is ‘typically presumed’ to be of lesser quality…

      it absolutely IS, ‘of lesser quality’.

      4 million tons, (8,000 million pounds) versus 1.5 million pounds, means they sold OVER 5,000 times as much, previously.

      if the mexicans want to keep making $$$$$$ here,
      they need to buy some top quality genetics (seeds) from canada or holland,
      and undercut the price we pay for top quality weed here.

      (and LOWER the price for he low end crap weed, too)

      the low quality crap they grow, and sell,
      just does not compete well here,
      because we have had much better quality, locally grown,
      top quality,

      and we will not settle for the dry, brown, seedy, flavorless crap, any more.

      (except for the people who cannot afford anything else.)

      one BOWL of the top quality weed,
      is a better high,
      and a better deal,
      than two fat joints of the dry, brown, crap.

      step up your game, mexico !!

      help bring down the price of the top quality weed !!

    5. me says:

      you certainly DO NOT see any of the dry,
      low quality,
      often SPIKED with ‘spice’,
      mexican crap weed,
      in the medical marijuana dispensories,
      do you ???
      hell no !!

    6. Mark Mitcham says:

      It seems to me that, in general, federal agents seizing marijuana in any amount is a bad thing.

      And so, while it may be true that seizing less may be better than seizing more, this isn’t necessarily good news. The goal should be to stop the seizures altogether, and allow people to move freely, even if they have marijuana.

      There’s no “bad” pot, really. Let us welcome some quality mexican mota. The War On Drugs cannot morph into a jobs protection racket for the newly emerging cannabis industry — that would be evil and profoundly hypocritcal!

      It’s not good for mexican farmers that they’re seizing less. And we’ve got nothing against mexican farmers, do we?

      All marijuana seizures must stop. We can import mexican mota the same way we import mexican mangos, or whatever.

    7. TheOracle says:

      Has there been a marked decreased in the violence in Mexico that is caused by prohibition? Mexican lives matter, too.

      Are fewer weapons flowing from the U.S. into Mexico then?

      It is a shame that Mexico hasn’t followed the U.S. states that have legalized so that the poor farmers and campesinos can keep growing cannabis and don’t have to switch to growing opium poppies. It certainly must be much cheaper to grow the famed Mexican sativa strains outdoors: Oaxacan, Acapulco Gold, their Lemon Haze and others.

    8. Cat Cassie says:

      We all pretty much knew this would be the outcome if mj was legalized. Our hard headed Prohibitionist politicians are the ones who still won’t admit they were wrong.

    9. Aaron says:

      Mr. Armentano: “4 million tons” should be changed to “4 million pounds.” Still, quite the dramatic decline in only a few short years!

      [Paul Armentano responds: Thank you for pointing out this typo. It has been corrected.]

    10. Rowdy says:

      It’s probably due to the increase of heroin being brought into the US. The money isn’t there for marijuana like it used to be.