Quote:A historic meeting of Latin America's leaders, to be attended by Barack Obama, will hear serving heads of state admit that the war on drugs has been a failure and that alternatives to prohibition must now be found.Read More: guardian.co.uk
The Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia is being seen by foreign policy experts as a watershed moment in the redrafting of global drugs policy in favor of a more nuanced and liberalized approach.
Otto Pérez Molina, the president of Guatemala, who as former head of his country's military intelligence service experienced the power of drug cartels at close hand, is pushing his fellow Latin American leaders to use the summit to endorse a new regional security plan that would see an end to prohibition. In the Observer, Pérez Molina writes: "The prohibition paradigm that inspires mainstream global drug policy today is based on a false premise: that global drug markets can be eradicated."
Pérez Molina concedes that moving beyond prohibition is problematic. "To suggest liberalisation – allowing consumption, production and trafficking of drugs without any restriction whatsoever – would be, in my opinion, profoundly irresponsible. Even more, it is an absurd proposition. If we accept regulations for alcoholic drinks and tobacco consumption and production, why should we allow drugs to be consumed and produced without any restrictions?"
About time for some common sense here, certainly this phony war that was started in the Nixon era should have ended years ago. It's been a huge drain in terms of billions wasted, lives lost and has even allowed for the creation of new enemies, the drug cartels.
They would be out of business overnight with a few policy changes. The privatized labor camp/prison would become unprofitable and ultimately the amount of people incarcerated would fall in line with that of the rest of the world.
Obviously, there are a very few influential people in high places that make a lot of money from maintaining the status quo as is, but finally their days are numbered. Will be amusing to see the US try to still enforce those policies without the help of Latin American countries. It's already an epic failure as is.