Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Capitulation in the war on drugs

We have long since lost the war on drugs and should declare victory and abandon the field, lest we enjoy even more Mexico-style crime here in the U.S. The mayor of Cd. Juárez is now living in El Paso behind threats on his life. Three former Latin American presidents assert in the WSJ that the War on drugs is a failure, and a new approach is required to the problem of trafficking and drug use:
In order to drastically reduce the harm caused by narcotics, the long-term solution is to reduce demand for drugs in the main consumer countries. To move in this direction, it is essential to differentiate among illicit substances according to the harm they inflict on people's health, and the harm drugs cause to the social fabric.
Read it all here.

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