mexican drug war

Mexican navy and federal police personnel take notes at the scene where the bodies of two men were dumped in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday Feb. 5, 2010. The two bodies had their heads bound in plastic tape and their hands and feet bound with gaffer tape. They had been shot in the head and neck and a warning message to a rival drug gang was left behind. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

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Marijuana growers in Mexico are switching to producing heroin poppies as pot prices drop in the U.S.

Marijuana growers in Mexico are switching to poppies as pot prices decline.

Farmers in the storied “Golden Triangle” region of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, which has produced the country’s most notorious gangsters and biggest marijuana harvests, say they are no longer planting the crop. Its wholesale price has collapsed in the past five years, from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.

“It’s not worth it anymore,” said Rodrigo Silla, 50, a lifelong cannabis farmer who said he couldn’t remember the last time his family and others in their tiny hamlet gave up growing mota. “I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”

On one hand: prohibitions are getting BTFO – legalization of marijuana has dramatically de-incentivized drug cartels in Mexico.

On the other hand, they decided to produce heroin instead.

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that smoking pot is a fundamental human right

The case was brought by four members of Mexicans United for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (the acronym SMART in Spanish), a group set up specifically to challenge laws on this issue in Mexico…

Their argument hinges on the concept of “the right to the free development of one’s personality,” which is enshrined in Mexico’s constitution. Essentially, it amounts to something like a right to self-determination: The state can’t prevent you from say, eating junk lots of junk food, even if it’s not great for your health. As long as you’re not harming other people, you have the right to autonomy. And in this instance, the Supreme Court ruled that possessing and consuming marijuana falls under this category…

What’s funny is, people are like, “oh, he must have cast you off of ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’” and he hadn’t seen “Edge of Tomorrow” when he cast me. He cast me off “Young Victoria.” Did he tell you that? I’m like a bonnet-wearing queen, and he’s like, “she’s perfect. I need her for the Mexican drug war film.” I was happy about that. At least he can see past a costume.
—  Emily Blunt about how she was cast by Denis Villeneuve for her Sicario part.

elysian-her  asked:

Can you explain what's happening in Mexico? I'm american and have heard of it but I don't fully understand what's going on.

Well, first of all you need to know that things haven’t been okay in México for a very long time. It’s nearly impossible to determine when it started, it has grown secretly and exponentially, but I will do a really recent and general explanation. The thing is that the political party that’s in charge right now has been known for being corrupt and having several ties with criminal organisations, and it’s not the first time they’ve killed students that were protesting.

In 2000 the mexican people elected a new president from a different political party after 70 years. Vicente Fox was fucking stupid, i mean like really stupid. But then came Felipe Calderon. He “declared war“ against the drug cartels, By the end of his administration (2006–12), the official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was at least 60,000. Estimates set the death toll above 120,000 killed by 2013, not including 27,000 missing. It was a terrible time to live in México specially in the north, they were years in which all you ever heard about was about the “narcobloqueos”, hanged people in very public spaces with messages from the cartels, shootings everywhere. But they did catch a lot of narcotraficants and they were doing stuff, but people were afraid and tired of so many killings.

In 2012 México held elections, they were 4 candidates, the 4 of them sucked. During the campaign our now president was handing out bribes to the lower classes, they gave gift cards and other stuff. Guess who were the first ones to oppose to Peña Nieto, the students, specially students from private universities. Starting with my beautiful Universidad Iberoamericana. This was HUGE nobody saw it coming, this were the rich kids, they were the first of many universities to rally against Peña Nieto. Of course his team said they were people from outside and not really students, students spoke up and they created the #YoSoy131 (I am 131) wich were the number of students that rallied, then other univesrsities joined creating the Yo Soy 132 movement. Sadly this wasn’t enough so Peña Nieto is our president now. And thus we started hearing less and less about the deaths of people in the news, but violence was still happening. 

Anyway, that’s a little background of what has been happening in México, but regarding the actual dissapirence of the 43 normalise students I found a video that explains more or less the situation. Also this one has a lot of testimonies and other stuff. 

I know this is really vague but this is corruption in México’s been happening for decades so I just wanted to explain quickly what’s going on, I hope that this can help you understand a little better.