Men with machine guns walked the streets.
They rode in the backs of trucks. They posted out in front of restaurants and at busy intersections.
These men weren’t thugs or criminals. They were federal police officers.
They were there to keep the peace… to make you feel safe…
But all they really did was remind you that you were in a country that’s been at war for decades.
I saw this firsthand recently in Mexico City. Apparently, it’s the norm.
You might not be surprised by this. After all, everyone knows that Mexico’s been fighting a bloody drug war for years… one that’s claimed more than 80,000 lives since 2006.
Of course, I didn’t write this article to tell you what you already know. I wrote it because Mexico is radically rethinking how it fights its drug war.
Eventually, this should save thousands of lives… transform Mexico’s economy… and lead to huge moneymaking opportunities.
I’ll explain what I mean in a second. But you first have to understand how Mexico got this way.
Drug cartels have been terrorizing Mexico for years…
No one understands this better than Vicente Fox.
Fox was the president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. He's seen the carnage of Mexico’s drug war firsthand.
Because of this, you’d think he would be a huge drug opponent. But he’s actually one of the world’s biggest legal marijuana advocates.
According to Fox, drug legalization is the only way to end the violence of Mexican drug cartels. It looks like Fox could finally get his wish, too.
Recently, Mexico’s Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana…
The measure passed in a general floor vote with 371 in favor, seven against and 11 abstentions, and now classifies the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as “therapeutic.”
After all, President Enrique Peña Nieto said last April that drug use should be treated as a “public health problem” rather than a criminal matter.
Mexico could soon even legalize marijuana outright.
After all, Peña Nieto proposed a bill last year that would allow Mexicans to carry up to an ounce of marijuana. Not only that, Mexico’s Supreme Court has already granted four people the right to grow marijuana for their own recreational consumption.
This is a big deal. For years, Mexico tried to align its drug policies with those of the United States. But that approach has failed miserably.
Mexico now realizes that it cannot win its drug war by fighting fire with fire. If it’s going to defeat the cartels, it’s going to have to beat them at their own game.
Mexico isn’t the only major country rethinking its stance on marijuana, either…
Canada legalized medical marijuana back in 2001.
It’s now in the process of legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide. The new law, which was introduced on April 13, is expected to go into effect on July 1, 2018.
That’s right. Next summer, you’ll be able to visit a store in Canada and legally buy a joint.
Of course, you might not live in Mexico or Canada. You might live in the United States, where marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. The U.S. government actually considers marijuana more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine.
It’s completely absurd.
The good news is that this idiotic stance on marijuana probably won’t stand much longer…
After all, 29 states along with Washington D.C. have already legalized medical marijuana. Not only that, eight states and D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana.
This tells us the perception toward marijuana is changing.
Of course, skeptics will tell you that the Trump administration hates marijuana. And they have a point.
After all, Trump’s Attorney General is on record saying that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.
That has a lot of investors scared to invest in the U.S. marijuana industry. But it’s only going to get bigger.
You see, the North American marijuana industry is already a $7 billion market. By 2021, it’s going to be a $20 billion market. Eventually, it could grow into a $200 billion industry.
In short, the market is growing like crazy. It’s generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. And it’s already created thousands of new jobs.
It would make absolutely no sense for Trump to shut it down.
If you’re bullish on the marijuana industry like I am, check out the video below to find out more about opportunities you can take advantage of today.
Editor’s Note: Most folks know Doug Casey as a New York Times best-selling author, as well as a multimillionaire investor in natural resources. But what most don’t know is he was an early investor in a pot company. He’s already seen it return 1,900%. And his team has just revealed another incredible opportunity in the pot market in this exclusive new video. Click here to watch it now.
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P.S. Most folks know Doug Casey as a New York Times best-selling author, as well as a multimillionaire investor in natural resources. But what most don’t know is he was an early investor in a pot company. He’s already seen it return 1,900%. And his team has just revealed another incredible opportunity in the pot market in this exclusive new video. Click here to watch it now.