Legalization advocates hope to end Mexico’s drug war

Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?
Foreign Policy (US)
Saturday, December 12, 2020

mexico marijuana fieldA determined political movement to end the war on drugs has taken shape across Europe and North America. Harm reduction advocates say lives can be saved and resources spared, if only the state would move away from punishing drug users. Perhaps, some predict, the state could even get into the business of regulating the production and sale of once-illegal substances. Yet proponents of decriminalizing, or even legalizing, drugs have focused mostly on the world’s biggest drug importers and often overlooked the countries responsible for producing and trafficking the drugs to satisfy rich countries’ demand. States such as Mexico.