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¿Rudo y cursi… yo?

26 July 2011

Dudley Althaus and Dane Schiller in the Houston Chronicle:

But for its problematic pedigree, Mexico’s marijuana might be hailed as a marketing miracle.

The much-maligned weed has suffered decades of punishment — burned, poisoned, ripped from the earth by its roots. Customers have been jailed, suppliers battered by literally cutthroat competition. Better products from Colombia, California and countless suburban back-rooms have somewhat eroded its popularity. Governments refuse to make it honest.

Yet, this pot has persevered. Production grows, quality improves and exports northward hum along.

“Marijuana remains the constant commodity of choice for the drug cartels because of end user demand and the ease of production,” said Tony Garcia, South Texas director of an intergovernmental police alliance that keeps tabs on the illicit drug trade.

“When cartels lose large quantities of other type drugs to law enforcement, their money coffers are replenished through the trafficking of marijuana,” he said.

Cheap to grow and relatively easy to bring to market, Mexico’s marijuana provides sustenance for entire mountain communities and wide profit margins for the gangsters.

Like your typical Mexican bourgeois, I tend to think of marijuana smokers as rather, cursi, but with “… surveys [that] suggest at least 11 percent of Americans over age 12 regularly puff from a joint, pipe or bong,”  I suppose there’s a strong argument to be made in favor of the “war on drugs”… as long as it stays in the United States.  It keeps down the competition from U.S. domestic growers and allows at least some of our traditional agricultural communities to thrive.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 July 2011 10:14 am

    It was legal back in the dirty thirties. Because of the side effects it may remain illegal.
    Cancer patients enduring chemo find it very useful. Arthritic patients can find relief, and thanks to a teacher that I know, there is another way to employ pain relief. Apparently mixing the plant (somehow) with rubbing alcohol and applying it to the affected areas relieves the pain. The pain in my hands can be quite bad, and the pills like Ibuprofeno hurt my stomach. So, as usual I’ll Google it for the best way.
    But, I’m confused, you see the side effects are increased appetite and a decrease in desire for booze , the main problems.
    Perhaps the U,S, government is in league with drug companies? Either way this horrible situation must end.
    Anyone with common sense knows why Prop. 19 was voted down in California. It would put a lot of small growers out of business.

  2. 26 July 2011 10:35 am

    “Apparently mixing the plant (somehow) with rubbing alcohol and applying it to the affected areas relieves the pain.”

    — I{d pretty much forgotten about that, but in the back of my mind remembered that my local aborrotes in Mexico City did a small business in under-the-counter sales to the little old ladies in the ´hood. I was told the marijuana was soaked in tequila, to make home-brewed Ben-Gay but maybe the idea was to smoke the marijuana and drinks the tequila… for medicinal purposes, of course.

    — As always, before using any folk remedy, consult your curadaro , witch-doctor, or abuela.

  3. 26 July 2011 1:57 pm

    Actually, warm ethyl alcohol (NOT rubbing alcohol) is the one liquid that most efficiently dissolves out the active ingredients in marijuana. It makes an excellent rubbing alcohol for sore joints. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), the resulting green liquid has a horrible flavor, so drinking the result takes a bit of forbearance.

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