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Is this a euphemsim for legalization to reduce the revenue potential?

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011...arket_alte
(09-22-2011, 06:44 PM)Palladin Wrote: [ -> ]Is this a euphemsim for legalization to reduce the revenue potential?

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011...arket_alte

Patrick, here is what your link says:

The requested page could not be found.

did you check it to make sure it works?

Crap. NO, I assumed it would work.

For sake of debate, the Mexican President at the UN said this, " Maybe we should look at "market alternatives" in consuming nations".

Obviously "consuming nations" is the USA to him.

I assume he is advocating legalization as his country is more dangerous than Baghdad in 2005 right now because of our drug habits.
He might be right. It'd be easier if we didn't subsidize personal failure through drug use.

I imagine drugs are easier to get in Mexico, why isn't there a MASSIVE drug problem and tons of users amongst the populace?
Tait,

They probably smoke some pot, but, they can grow their own easily. Plus, they don't have our cash, prices for an oz. of pot in Guadalajara are probably way below in Nashville.

Coke is likely the big dollare hombre and I doubt they fool with it.
Indeed, but thanks to FedGov's drug war and imperative to control EVERYTHING, we now have death and destruction South of the Border. We can thank the American people as well.
I'll bet that when you live close to the edge with no welfare to speak of (Mexican folks), drug use is clearly seen as counterproductive to getting enough to eat.

Not so with the US. Lots of parental money floating around to subsidize high school and college drug use, lots of welfare money floating around for "rehab" or "unemployment" or food stamps which ultimately allows a person to be a druggie with few real consequences.
Very good post there JT. Most Mexicans do well to live, we yanks have extra cash for such habits/.
Fred Reed on Mexico at present:

Quote:Things change, usually for the worse, and always against the innocent. (This truth is a principle of curmudgeonry.) When I came to Mexico some eight years ago, it was a peaceful, moderately successful upper-Third-World country—middle-class, barely, literate, though often barely, and as democratic as the United States, which is to say barely. Things were improving, though often they had a long way to go. The young were visibly healthier than preceding generations. The birth rate was in sharp decline. Women entered the professions in substantial and growing numbers.

And it was safe. Expats sat over coffee at the plaza laughing at people back in the States, insular, fearful, ignorant of the world outside their borders. (For recent college graduates, Mexico is a country south of the United States. “South” is down on maps.) Mexico, they believed, was most astonishing perilous. Don't drink the water, avoid ice. Salads were thought especially lethal. The Federales would kill you for sport, like squirrels. On any given day, you would probably be shot several times by bandidos. It was nonsense.

Then Vicente Fox left office, and Felipe Calderon came in. He declared war on the narcotraficantes. Why he did this, I don't know, since Mexico didn't have a drug problem. My guess is that Washington pushed him into it, but I don't know.

Unfortunately Mexico, which neither produces nor uses a lot of drugs, lies between Colombia, which produces vast amounts of drugs, and Americans, who want vast amounts of drugs. Washington does not want Americans to have vast amounts of drugs. Neither did it want to lose votes by imprisoning white users of drugs, such as college students, high-school students, professors, Congressmen, lawyers, and blue-collar guys driving bulldozers. The answer was to make Mexico fight Washington's wars.
http://www.fredoneverything.net/Downhill.shtml

Fred Reed is quite an interesting and erudite character.

http://www.fredoneverything.net/

I wonder if the terrible economy is leading us to increase, or decrease, our addiction to these drugs?
Fred mentions escapism in one of the articles, so it's plausible.