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What to do about barrios and boredom? Killing the messenger (jailing drug users) has only made the problem worse. It is easier to declare war on the messenger than to do something about the message” (Peter McWilliams “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society). The Mexican Drug War is a monstrous, armed conflict among drug cartels who fight each the for regional control, and is also among the Mexican government attempting to control drug trafficking. Mexico’s drug cartels are among the most powerful in the world.
Mexico’s economic struggles have given life to ruthless organizations known as the Mexican drug cartels. These drug lords have been a growing source of conflict for decades and fuel the continuous war being fought against drugs. The socio-economic statuses of the areas that harbor these gangs have a direct impact on the cartels’ migration to the United States. America’s more stable economy has enticed the cartels to capitalize on the demand for drugs. Through collaboration between Mexico and the United States the fight to reduce the smuggling and violence on the border can be reduced.
An approach which will address drug use in an innovative way while solving the problems which prohibition has created and also bring about societal, health, and economic benefits but most importantly it will also give back the individual liberties which prohibition has managed to erode. It’s time to consider the legalization of drugs. Drug prohibition has proven a very costly war. And the cost has not only been monetary, drug prohibition has lead to corruption, increase violence, increase inmate population, and it has also infringed upon our civil liberties. Currently the government spends $47.8 billion a year on prohibition enforcement, according to a 2010 Department of Economics, Harvard University report by Jeffrey A. Miron.
It ... ... middle of paper ... ...g cartels stimulate local economies making it difficult for governments to stamp out the illegal drug trade. Many solutions have been tried and failed, but this does not end the constant attempts to end drug trafficking world-wide. The world continues to combat drug trafficking, even when failure is of great odds. Works Cited Birns, Larry, and Alex Sanchez. "The Government and the Drug Lords: Who Rules Mexico?"
The United States of American is the largest customer of illicit drugs in the entire world. With this comes a problem or war per say on illegal activities that are generated by providing this country and its growing market with the supply that it demands. Even though Marijuana is considered a gateway drug to more harmful drugs, the proposition of the legalization of marijuana in the United States will result in the dramatic reduction of illegal drug trafficking and all associated violent crimes that continue to plague this country. This proposition of legalizing Marijuana will allow the U.S. government to regulate and tax the product market and its consumers. If the U.S. government could control the regulations on the use and sale of the marijuana market it will allow government law enforcements agencies and its personnel to be put better use, allowing law enforcement agencies to concentrate on the other more harmful illegal drug trafficking operations.
We need to look pass this drug war and just face the facts that no matter how much money we put into this drug war, we will never win. According to the Associated Press’ published article on the Fox News Website, “Judging the drug war is complicated: Records indicate marijuana and prescription drug abuse is climbing, while cocaine use is way down. Seizures are up, but so is availability.” They are pretty much indicating that it would be nearly impossible to just stop the drug trade over all. Even, if the government was able to stop the drugs in one area, it would have already been made available in another area. It is sort of like cutting off the tail of a lizard, it will keep growing back every time.
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Marijuana should not be legalized because it will increase health issues, its use will rise rather than decline, and taxation will result in economic failure. In recent years, however, society has become very moderate, and this is why society’s views can be swayed by the benefits of legalization. Nowadays, legalizing marijuana is not that big of a deal as it was in the 60’s and 70’s when hippies and peace organizations were advocating for marijuana use. However, if marijuana is legalized it has been said that it might be the gateway drug to legalizing all illegal drugs. According to Dr. Robert DuPont, marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug is the U.S. and around the world.