Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help?

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Beau Kilmer, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Brittany M. Bond, Peter H. Reuter
RAND

U.S. demand for illicit drugs creates markets for Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs). This paper examines how marijuana legalization in California might influence DTO revenues and the violence in Mexico, focusing on gross revenues from export and distribution to wholesale markets near the southwestern U.S. border.

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