Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Former Mexican President seeks legalizing drugs as an alternative to endless war

The war on drugs has ultimately been a failure for its original mission, but it has been a boon to the cartels, prison system, and law enforcement agencies who have all expanded since the United States began dedicating resources to it.  On both sides of the fence, the argument rages over the economic impact of drugs and drug use if it is ever legalized, and on April 16th, a major figure in the history of the war on drugs made his choice on which choice should be made.



President Vicente Fox is among a growing number of leaders in Latin America calling on the U.S. to legalize drugs to reduce violence and organized crime.
"Prohibitions don't work, and the last remaining frontier of prohibition is drug, and we should questions ourselves why drugs," Fox said.

It's the same question President Barack Obama will hear from some of the leaders gathered at the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Colombia during talks about drug policies in the region.

"This war on drugs is totally lost," said Fox, the former president, during an interview at his sprawling ranch, where he built the first presidential library in Mexico. - Kens5.com

History in the 20th and 21st century shows that hard core drug users will take the substances legal or not, and those that simply want a recreational fix will do so in a responsible manner.  Holland and other European countries that legalized drugs, continue to have drug abuse problems, but they spend their money primarily on rehibilitation over incarceration, and have less criminality than in nations that spend billions each year for an epidemic that is growing, not shrinking.
Legalizing drugs now has a big time backer, and when former Mexican President Vincente Fox believes that ending the war on drugs is the best way to dissolve the epidemic, then his opinion carries massive weight since he used to be on the front lines of the problem.

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