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How the Latin American Drug War Will End

  While such a prospect would have been unheard of just a few scant years ago, recent developments in the U.S. suggest that change could come fast at the hemispheric level. Indeed, successful pushes for marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado brought together some unusual political constituencies, and that is putting it mildly.

As I discussed in a recent article, pro-legalization advocates managed to cultivate support from women and even mothers by stressing family-friendly values like public safety. As they looked north, Mexicans were probably surprised to find that a wide social spectrum supported marijuana legalization in Colorado including the NAACP, labor unions, physicians and even clergymen.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Maybe the Mexican cartels have already joined Washington in looking for active ways to support the war on drugs. After all, the cartels would be out of business if everyone could grow or manufacture their own.

The point is, there are multitudes of people on the take from the drug war. If you shut the war down, you just might have to release all those people from prison who were sent there for tiny drug related convictions. It's tens or hundreds of thousands. That would be income lost for those businesses who supply the prisons. Besides, what about bringing all those people back into a society that doesn't even have enough jobs for the people not in prisons.

If you think about it for awhile, there are all kinds of reasons to continue the drug war from an economical standpoint.

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