January 2, 2014

Is U.S. the Last Country Fighting the Drug War?

Russell Crandall, The New Republic

The Associated Press

The irony today is that we are seeing the juggernaut that has been the U.S.-financed and -designed war on drugs being increasingly questioned in Latin America—where the “supply side” activity takes place. It’s especially surprising given that it’s right in America’s historical geopolitical backyard; it is also the case that, until recently, most elected Latin American leaders expressed genuine support for the broad outlines of the supply side approach—namely, that it wasn’t pretty but the alternatives (read: legalization) were far worse. It is still too soon to declare that the United States is basically the only country fighting the drug war as we commonly understand it. But it is certainly the case that Washington’s continued orthodox approach and rhetoric are...

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TAGGED: Drugs, War On Drugs, Pot, Marijuana, Uruguay


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