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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 05:51 PM

24. The spectacular failure of America's "war on drugs"...

is probably about 75% to blame for Mexican drug violence, honestly. Treating drug abuse and addiction as a criminal rather than a medical problem, and continuing to criminalise and impose harsh penalties, in essence does very little, when for the most part it's street-level dealers getting busted, and maybe poor black and Hispanic kids; middle-class white people rarely do time on drugs charges, and the major distribution networks remain largely untouched despite the massive incarceration rates and the increasing militarisation of American police forces. American drugs policy has failed and failed completely; Mexico has its own problems of endemic corruption and a relatively weak central government, but if the USA followed the Portuguese model of total decriminalisation of drugs a significant part of the Mexican drug violence problem would just evaporate in short order.

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