DEA Confirms Legalization Disrupts Illegal Markets

Legalization Disrupts Illegal Markets

Legalization Disrupts Illegal Markets

U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement
Administration

FY 2021
Performance Budget
Congressional Budget Submission

DEA confirms legalization disrupts illegal markets in the recent 2021 performance budget submission. The DEA acknowledges that marijuana legalization has a reductive impact on interstate trafficking. Although the conclusions drawn by the DEA are admittedly “obvious” as stated by Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, it is historically shown that legalization results in a decrease in illegal activities related to the substance in question.

In a 2018 report from the Cato Institute, substantial declines are shown to be a direct result of state-level legalization efforts. Additionally, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts notes reductions in federally prosecuted marijuana cases.