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Legalization a controversial weapon in Mexico’s drug war


Washington (dpa) – As Mexico’s drug cartels wage a bloody war for dominance of the multi-billion dollar narcotics business, a growing chorus of leaders is calling for a radical solution: legalize the market.

In June, a high-powered conference, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, called for governments to look into “legal regulation” of illicit drugs, a move they said could weaken cartels.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, and former presidents of Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil were among those calling for legal, government-regulated drugs sales “to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and safety of citizens.” Former US president Jimmy Carter applauded their findings, in an op-ed in the New York Times.

Advocates argue that a legal drugs market would destroy drug cartels by eliminating a “black market premium” – the price hike on illegal goods – which accounts for up to 90 percent of cartel profits, according to the libertarian Cato Institution think tank.

That’s what happened in the US in 1933, when the repeal of Prohibition decimated crime gangs who had made millions trafficking in illegal alcohol.

Although two former Mexican presidents, Vicente Fox and Ernesto Zedillo, support legalization, Mexico’s current leader, Felipe Calderon, has in the past rejected calls for reforms. But as Mexico reels from more than 45,000 deaths in five years, in a war driven by US drug use, he may be changing his tune.


2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Dracula Tepish
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why does not mexico shut the border down and arrest every drug dealing govt entity namely dea and the those people who are subgating their own people down there why dont they be taken and  put in prison every one of these criminals along with that president whose name is calderon he is a known drug member along with his masters the bush and chenet and clinton and the banksters and the catholic church who are the problem in rome italy the vatican is the central player the whore of babylon

Comment by TL Winslow
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Yes, decriminalization of drugs would dry up a huge source of revenue for Mexicans, but then what? Now we have a huge new group of poor Mexicans. It doesn't change that Mexico is a failed dependent state that's been suffering from 200 years of de facto apartheid, and that the world is shrinking, the Mexicans have a right to live in this hemisphere, and we need to not only make up and become friends but find a way of sharing the New World in peace and prosperity.

To cut to the chase, there has always been only one true permanent solution, my Megamerge Dissolution Solution of Congress inviting the people of Mexico to scrap their corrupt govt. and reorganize into 10 new states each the size of Utah, then apply for statehood. A phased transition can erase the horrible 2K-mi. land border and expand the U.S. border to the Mexican coasts, where real illegal immigrants from other continents can finally be spotted coming, while permitting mass 2-way migration sans passports, resulting in Mexico finally being developed to the U.S. level, a win-win situation. All we give up is the official English language and white supremacy b.s., which are lost causes anyway with Obama inviting immigrants from the Muslim World like a bake sale. We win in having 60 states instead of 50 all flying a new Stars and Stripes, with the important thing, the U.S. Constitution, still sovereign and supreme. Mexicans lose their separate runt state, but gain U.S. citizenship, freedom of movement, an end to the divisive border, and economic prosperity. All immigration records for the new citizens can be erased (if they're non-violent), giving them a new start.

Too bad, both parties won't even mention it, and instead crank out endless dishonest b.s. proposals for dealing with Mexico that are short term not long term at the best.  If Mexico implodes and is taken over by a new Castro who invites our worst enemies to set up shop, will it be too late?

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