Tracing the U.S. heroin surge back south of the border as Mexican cannabis output falls in the Washington Post.
Farmers in the storied â€œGolden Triangleâ€ region of Mexicoâ€™s Sinaloa state, which has produced the countryâ€™s most notorious gangsters and biggest marijuana harvests, say they are no longer planting the crop. Its wholesale price has collapsed in the past five years, from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.
â€œItâ€™s not worth it anymore,â€ said Rodrigo Silla, 50, a lifelong cannabis farmer who said he couldnâ€™t remember the last time his family and others in their tiny hamlet gave up growing mota. â€œI wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.â€
Growers from this area and as far afield as Central America are sowing their plots with opium poppies, and large-scale operations are turning up in places where authorities have never seen them.