A protest against drug violence, Mexico City
An apparently perfect solution may be nothing more than a false start. For Mexico, the nation most brutalised by the international drugs trade, the idea of legalising narcotics may be just that—an irrelevance.
Those who favour legalisation say it would resolve all problems. With a legislative act, violence would vanish and a taxable, multi-billion dollar industry would be created in its place. But the problem is that theoretical discussion of legalisation ignores Mexico’s broader political and social problems. It also ignores the conditions required for legalisation to function.
Here in Mexico, I see…
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