It's something Mexico's President Felipe Calderone has been pushing for. He's said in multiple interviews one of the ways to stop the drug war is for the United States to legalize pot.
Last week voters in Colorado and Washington state gave recreational marijuana the go-ahead. However, former Phoenix DEA Special Agent in Charge Phil Jordan says Calderone's statements are off base. He said the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state won't slow smugglers.
"The federal government supersedes state and local government. Marijuana is still illegal," said Jordan.
For now, America's most popular drug still has to be grown illegally, whether it's here in the United States or south of the border.
"If those people who are growing the marijuana in the US think that they can compete with the cartels they're in for a rude awakening," said Jordan.
Jordan told CBS 5 drug cartels are masters of the black market and their resources are infinite. Last year alone U.S. border agents confiscated nearly 2 million pounds of marijuana. There is no telling how much made it across.
"As far as the cartels losing any revenue, it's not going to happen at least not in the near future. The key point here is as long as the drugs coming in from Colombia and Mexico and Southeast Asia, the traffickers, the cartels will know how to bring it in," said Jordan.
Jordan believes legalization is not the answer. He said the only thing that will solve this country's problem with drugs is prevention, education and treatment.
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Sunday, May 19 2013 1:50 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:50:15 GMT
A 23-year-old firefighter is in surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Officials told CBS 5 he is in extremely critical condition after being crushed between two fire vehicles. The firefighter wasMore >
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Rozenna Luna (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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Sunday, May 19 2013 1:01 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:01:02 GMT
Crash victim Juan Rodriguez with his fiance Amanda Lujan.
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Saturday, May 18 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:06:03 GMT
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Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
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Friday, May 17 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:49:34 GMT
Everyone wants the right to make their own choices when it comes to their healthcare, but a group of valley midwives says that isn't happening thanks to a new set of guidelines that will likely take effectMore >
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