The Unintended Consequences of Legalization: Rise of Heroin In this segment of The Cannabusiness Report, we discuss the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization. As marijuana prices have decreased from $100 to $25 per kilo in the last five years, the Mexican drug cartels have shifted their focus to poppy production, or...heroin.

We discuss this phenomenon with Sylvia Longmire, a drug war expert and consultant. She explains why the cartels are so difficult to contain, how nimbly they adapt to new drug trends, and how the demographic of heroin usage in the U.S. is shifting up to the upper middle class.

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