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February 12, 2010
South of the border, the drug war rages out of control

Many Mexicans blame America for drug woes south of the border, alleging that Americans are using the drugs and supplying the guns for cartels.

Endemic corruption in the Mexican judicial system has paralyzed the government’s ability to tackle the problem.

For more on Mexico’s drug war, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maureen Meyer, a specialist on Mexico and Central America with the Washington Office on Latin America, a non-profit group that promotes human rights and social justice.

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#4

Sure, lets legalize pot like alcohol. Mariujana is better for your health!

#3

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA – AN OPTION FOR THE U.S.
Reducing drug-related violence in Ciudad Juarez and other cities, including those in the US, requires a drastic reduction in the consumption of drugs and this would strangle the demand for it. As a business, the drug trade is too lucrative to ignore. The promise of large sums of money for people who are barely surviving in their towns and villages in Mexico and other neighboring countries is extremely enticing. Besides, one cannot rule out the probability that the trade is protected and advanced by “powerful” people. For many, it’s worth risking their lives to be “mules” or to defend “middle-men” and the trade as a whole. Further, Hollywood’s glamorization of the “drug lords” and their rich and affluent lifestyles provides an impetus for the indulgence of the poverty stricken youth. The options of controlling and/or reducing consumption/demand of drugs, and the drug-trade as whole, are not many. One can argue for an open-gate policy which may lead to a flood of drugs on the market. However, the initial negative health and economic impacts on families and the US economy may be unbearable, if not devastating. A more potent solution would be to legalize the use of marijuana with limitations on the amount an individual could have in his possession at any given time, and careful considerations given to locations where it would be available. Open use and availability of marijuana may shift demand away from Colombia’s “powder-gold”. A steep fall in demand for cocaine would ultimately reduce profitability of the drugs; weaken the need for guns to defend the drug trade; and reduce drug-related violence.

#2

You want to buy guns? Go to Canada while citizen can not own the weapons of choice it does not mean that they can not make them. It is one of the big business of getting cash is to make them transfer them over the border either by land or boat. On the streets of Chicago and un-serial number firearm can go for $3000.00 plus, a full automatic can go higher. When Mexico gets firearms North of the border they are being shipped thru the USA. If Mexico wants to stopped these Canada guns from their streets, maybe it is time that they search shipping contaners going into Mexico. Maybe they should think about searching planes that go into Mexico.
#1 It would also have an effect on the highway deaths in America. Try drinking, smokeing and driveing with an death toll of 50,000 per year. Singapore has a solutions to drug users and dealers, Off with their Heads.

#1

I think that marijuana should be legalized in the United States and sold at places like liquor stores. Seems to me a big business which would help us
by increased revenue, taxes, etc.

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