DEA Reports Southern Border Pot Busts Down 80% Since 2013

Seizures of illicit marijuana at the U.S. border with Mexico have plunged 80% since 2013, according to a newly released report from the Drug Enforcement Administration. In the 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment, which was released by the DEA on Wednesday, the agency notes that despite its continued illegality under federal law, marijuana “is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.”

The report notes that marijuana is widely available in all 50 states. In 2019, a majority of the DEA’s field divisions “indicated marijuana availability was high in their respective areas, meaning marijuana is easily obtained at any time.” The agency’s Atlanta division was the only one that reported that marijuana was less available compared to the previous reporting period.

The report notes that the domestic production of marijuana continues to increase and diversify. This has led to the saturation of some markets, particularly in states that have legalized cannabis. But the U.S. is not the only source of illicit cannabis.

“Marijuana is also smuggled into the United States from Mexico, and in smaller volumes from Canada and the Caribbean,” the threat assessment explains. “Marijuana from Mexico is typically classified as “commercial-grade” or “low-grade” marijuana, lesser in

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