A report released this month by the Justice in Mexico Project from the University of San Diego states that “the drug war’s future appears somewhat uncertain given changes in U.S. drug policy.”

“Legalization of marijuana will likely increase its availability and reduce its price, thereby reducing its profitability for the organized crime groups that currently produce, transport, and purvey it on the black market,” the “Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2013” report notes. “While this will seriously diminish the capacity of organized crime groups in Mexico, it could also lead to innovation of their criminal activities to make up for lost revenue and other problems.”

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or cadami@ivpressonline.com

I covered the border and Calexico for two-and-a-half years but am now the courts and crime reporter. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as a staff photographer in Austin, Dallas, Costa Rica and rural Oklahoma.

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