Those folks could be working, paying taxes and supporting their families.
Piled Higher and Deeper.
When your town is run by Mexican drug lords funded by the war on drugs and drug prohibition, don't complain. You will have gotten exactly what you wanted.
BTW in case you still don't understand, just like alcohol prohibition gave millions to Al Capone and his gangster contemporaries, so drug prohibition gives millions to what would be two bit petty criminals these days. If you want two bit petty criminals to have the money to buy judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers then supporting the war on drugs is the way to go.
Want to know who the biggest supporters of the war on drugs is? Criminals. Without drug prohibition, they would have to work for a living.