Editorial: Time for a Third-Way Drug Policy

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  Editorial: Time for a Third-Way Drug Policy

Posted by CN Staff on November 27, 2012 at 06:57:37 PT
Dallas Morning News Editorial 
Source: Dallas Morning News 

Texas -- When voters in Colorado and Washington recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, their actions left Mexico President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto wondering whether tracking down pot growers in Mexico is a futile strategy.It’s an understandable question for Peña Nieto to ask directly when he visits President Barack Obama at the White House today in a traditional postelection meeting of leaders. At the prodding of the United States, Mexico spends billions of dollars annually to fight violent and wealthy paramilitary drug trafficking organizations. Yet the U.S., which also lays out billions of dollars to curb marijuana and other drug use, remains the main destination of marijuana produced in Mexico.
This pervasive disconnect among state, federal and global drug policies should prompt a serious re-evaluation of drug strategies. Frustration over violence and illicit drug profits has grown dramatically in recent years. Former Mexico President Vicente Fox once called for Mexico to legalize the production, distribution and sale of all drugs. In a recent interview with The Economist, departing Mexico President Felipe Calderón said ending the drug trade is “impossible,” adding that it’s up to the U.S. to either reduce its levels of drug use or use “market mechanisms” to reduce the flow of drug money to Mexico.Noted Calderón: “If they [Americans] want to take all the drugs they want, as far as I’m concerned let them take them. I don’t agree with it, but it’s their decision, as consumers and as a society. What I do not accept is that they continue passing their money to the hands of killers.”SnippedComplete Article: Dallas Morning News (TX)Published: November 26, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Dallas Morning NewsWebsite: letterstoeditor dallasnews.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #1 posted by ColoTiger73 on November 27, 2012 at 13:15:10 PT:

Stop the cash flow
This is one of the best reasons to put an end to prohibition! The alcohol prohibition gave a quick and easy way for criminals to get money and power. When that prohibition ended, they lost a huge part of their funding, making it easier to shut down most of these organizations. This War on Drugs has given rise to new drug cartels and drug dealing gangs. By putting a stop to the prohibition, we as a society will be dealing a fatal blow to those groups. The War on Drugs, reminds me of a group of stupid firemen fighting a fire. "We need more men." one says. "We need more money." says another. Finally a by-stander asks, "If you really want to put out that fire, Why don't you all stop throwing logs and gas on it? Its only making it larger." My point is the more the Government and the Feds fight against the will of the People, the bigger the FIRE gets. Hey Feds and Government People, Remember the old saying? "If you can't beat them, Join them!" Look at the votes and polls from EVERYWHERE, Your not just losing, your making yourselves look like heartless greedy deaf and dumb trolls. Or you can save some face and maybe re-earn the respect and confidence of the American People and give up now. That's not only my opinion (1st Amend.) but my advice too.
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