The Beginning Of The End

This article casts aspersions on his motives, but it is a welcome move in the right direction. President-elect Peña of Mexico announced:

I’m in favor of opening a new debate in the strategy in the way we fight drug trafficking. It is quite clear that after several years of this fight against drug trafficking, we have more drug consumption, drug use and drug trafficking. That means we are not moving in the right direction. Things are not working.

The drug wars are tearing Mexico apart. Drug prohibition is equally, if less obviously, damaging in the US where about a quarter of the prison population has been convicted of a drug-related offense. Legalizing drugs will eventually destroy the gangs and end the wars, whether they realize it now or not.

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