Latins Stage an Intervention: Uncle Sam Blows Them Off
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  • matt

    At least for marijuana, Latino and black kids are the largest consumer by volume for the younger generation. Drug use is just another vice affecting those sociology-economic groups.

  • Some Sock Puppet

    While your cause and effect is correct, your stance against drugs seems a little too harsh. Cannibis is a medical wonder drug. Prohibition must be lifted. The drug was has been a disaster for all involved.

  • Hu Ngu

    “…as long as Americans are using drugs, the cartels will find a way to bring them here.”
    WRM.2011

    “…as long as irresponsible Chinese are using opium, the poor beleaguered Brits will find a way to take it there.” WRM.1811

    Can we really blame tens of thousands of stoned American 8th graders for a few dozen cartel beheadings in Veracruz?

  • Pedro Marquez

    The serious Latin American voices on this issue are the ones, like Fernando Cardoso, calling for an end to the WOD. The governments described here are just playing a hypocritical game of blame the Yanqui for domestic consumption. Do they seriously believe Americans are going to stop using drugs? No, because they know that Mexicans, Brazilians and Colombians also use drugs– has Via Meadia never been to parties in Rio or Bogota? The fact that America is a huge, rich country where many drugs won’t grow means that the dealers can charge top dollar here, and thus it’s American consumption–or rather, the American prohibition of it– that creates international organized crime.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123535114271444981.html

  • More South American leaders should go the Evo Morales route…legalize the production and tax it. They’ll probable rake in more American dollars that way than they will suckling at the US WarOnDrugs(tm) teat. Heck, those drug cartels are starting to build their own submarines now. They should capture as much of that innovation as possible.

  • Benjamin W.

    I heartily concur with those in favor of legalization and taxation of these commodities.

    Law enforcement groups are clearly incapable of stemming the tide of something which people are demanding in high quantities. Better to regulate and allow those with responsible, non-violent practices to profit from the enterprise. The draconian approach we’ve adopted is expensive and impotent.

    Nothing would benefit Latin America more than us coming to grips with the real demand that exists for these products.

  • Jim.

    Welcome to the internet, Professor Mead, where people with no families and a penchant for anarchy congregate before they get jobs and life responsibilities that require sobriety, and teach the need for temperance.

    Bravo for taking the right stand on this.

    The rest of you– Grow up.

  • dr kill

    Is that the Jim who commands the SWAT in LA County and stands to retire on 160k a year and wear a really cool black uniform and shoot really great weapons? Not to mention break down the wrong doors and shoot family pets? And I should grow up?
    Is that you. Jimbo?

    How about this for a start. Legalize pot. Drug test for employment and entitlement programs. And don’t forget to test and lie detect our law enforcement community. Otherwise butt out. Grow up indeed.

  • BD

    Wow. This is the first post from WRM that I have 100% disagreed with. Only someone who has no personal experience with marijuana could believe it should be illegal. Alcohol is far more destructive, both in the context of one night of usage, and in the context of months and months of addiction (note: I don’t believe physical addiction to marijuana is possible … from experience too). I’m not saying heroin should be sold at stores but people against pot should be advocating a return to prohibition for alcohol too (and alcohol is worse).

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