It took a lot of time for people to get their heads around the fact that cannabis can be used for medical purposes. Today medical cannabis is legal in 33 out of the 50 states in the U.S. It has been a revolutionary change that has led to various preclinical studies and researches which can further provide great insight and approach.
Following are some of the ideas being discussed to stabilizing the border trade issues.
US-Mexico Border Wall
US and Mexico share 2000 miles of the border. There has been a lot of debate on how to reduce malpractices on the border. Trump in 2015, during his presidential campaign, introduced the idea to build a 1000 mile wall to reduce the smuggling of medical marijuana and the flow of illegal migrants into the US.
The country was divided into the opinion because of two major factors:
- Expenditure: The cost to build a wall was too steep and the promise of Trump to pay its bill from Mexican pockets looked unlikely.
- Productivity: Its effectiveness was not guaranteed. From 2003 to 2009, the border patrol focused on reinforcement by doubling its workforce and also constructing hundreds of miles of fences. Research showed that despite these increased security efforts smuggling of marijuana into the U.S did not decrease.
Trump in the White House
In 2016, Donald Trump for the first time entered into the Oval Office in Washington to deliver onto his promises. He has been a staunch believer of the border wall to curb the marijuana smuggling and incapacitate drug cartels.
Over the years, his statement over the cost of border wall kept increasing. Starting with $1 billion to $20 billion in 2018. This cost is to be paid through taxes paid by us. Though Trump has been adamant that he will get the Mexicans to pay for it in one way or another, the solution still remains in dark clouds.
But, will that benefit in any way when the government is facing a lot of backlash from the opposition as well as the general public.
The Government Shutdown
The nation is bearing the brunt of the longest government shutdown in US history. The President is adamant that the government will remain shut till he gets the money to build the wall. If we really want to cut into the Mexican drug cartel, is “The Wall” the right answer? Investing billions of taxpayers money in border concrete, the solution to drug smuggling?
So, what can really help?
Legal Marijuana is Actually the Future
Medical cannabis is believed to spread into more states way beyond the number that it crossed during the past year. This just hasn’t affected the health care sector but has implicated other spheres as well.
The latest study at the Cato Institute showed that less marijuana was being smuggled across the border to states with legalized marijuana. The study was based on government data of border patrol drug seizures. Looking at the trends, it can be iterated that legalizing medical marijuana is a step in the right direction.
Why will anyone route to illegal marijuana when can they get it legally and at a10 times more affordable cost?
This theory can actually help save billions of taxpayers money. Following marijuana’s footstep, we could formulate a model with more legal migration opportunities to reduce the rising number of illegal migration.
Shutting down the government will only worsen things and it is time the Congress notices the success of marijuana legalization. The wall may stop one route, it may injure the cartel but to disable the business from the roots, we need to keep the best foot forward and legalize marijuana.