Legalize it. Christmas decorations at Liberty Plaza, Colombo.
I like America, we can start there. Happy 4th of July. America still does some really fucked up stuff. I won’t even get into the hypocrisy, but let’s say that it is a moral argument that states shouldn’t kill their own people, as much as that’s possible. Then what on earth is going on in Mexico, on America’s behalf? Since 2006 over 50,000 people have been killed as part of what is essentially America’s War On Drugs, in which that noun seems to be winning solidly. With a new election, Mexico may hopefully be turning an inch or two away.
Americans like drugs. Everybody likes drugs. Historically, making drugs illegal makes about as much sense as alcohol prohibition. It just doesn’t work and the illegalization destroys countless lives. The main case in point is that America cannot stem the flow of drugs from Latin America (via and including Mexico), despite essentially backing endless wars in those states. The demand and money is still there. Government crackdowns just mean that the more violent and corrupting criminals prevail. The War On Drugs doesn’t result in less drugs, it just results in more crime.
The new Mexican government of Enrique Peña Nieto is not abandoning the war on organized crime or even the militarization of it, but according to Foreign Policy they will likely shift away from the emphasis on drugs and drug trafficking. Which is what the Mexican people want, and which – on the moral scale of things – is right. What’s worse, moving a drug that the US President did (ie cocaine) or beheadings, kidnappings and murder? I’d say the latter.
While Latin America may be moving more generally towards drug legalization, they should at least move towards the demilitarization of the ‘Drug War’, however much the US pushes in the opposite direction. It is as violent, corrupting and cruel as other wars, and fighting it to prevent people from getting high is historically and immediately absurd. Yes drugs can cause health issues, regulate and treat them as such. Prohibition, however, just funnels the money into organized crime and funds highly militarized cartels that can fight this endless war. It’s patently bad policy and it has to stop. Latin American countries just saying no is a start.