The 'war on drugs' is conducted in countries that now want to legalize instead, to defeat organized crime and address consumption/addiction in other ways.
Latin America’s drug-war fatigue brings talk of legalization
They’ve seen high death tolls fighting cartels tooth and nail with no end in sight. Many are Mr. Harper’s conservative allies. Even anti-cartel warriors like Mexico’s Felipe Calderon will now at least talk about legalization.
“I think the surprise is that there are these centre-right presidents that are now willing to talk about the ‘framework’ surrounding drug policy,” said Jennifer Canadian International Council. They feel the organized crime is a bigger problem than drug use.
Guatemalan President Otto Perez says the war on drugs has failed, and it’s time for legalization. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos told the Washington Post there has to be discussion of another way to confront the challenges.
“If we find that there is a better alternative that will take away the profits from the criminal organizations and that maybe you can address the problem of consumption in a more effective way, then everybody will win.
Now I know there are some people who will oppose legalization without giving it any consideration at all. These are the people who perpetuate organized crime and allow criminals to profit.
You're either with us or you're with organized crime.
Alcohol and drug use and harm in Canada 2010
% of the population, in the past year:
Cannabis use 10.7%
No stats given for Cannabis harm
Other drug use 11.1%
Other drug harm 2.1%
Alcohol use 77%
Alcohol harm 5.7%
Edited by jacee, 15 April 2012 - 05:51 AM.