Washington and Colorado on Election Day became the first two U.S. states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. How will this development affect Mexico? Drug policy postdoctoral fellow Nathan Jones explores the issue in the Baker Institute Blog, writing that "in the short-term, these initiatives will probably not have a large impact, though over the long-term the effects could significantly weaken Mexico"s cartels." 

The legalization debate has entered the mainstream, he adds. "Legalization advocates can no longer be written off as occupying a fringe position. This shift in the debate will likely lead to the passage of similar legislation in other states and may be important for Mexico as the laws change the marijuana markets and deny profits to cartels."

Read "Potential impact on Mexico of U.S. marijuana initiatives," in the Nov. 9, 2012, Baker Institute Blog.