‘War On Drugs’ Has Failed, Say Latin American Leaders

summit of americasYou might think they’re stating the obvious, but for any government to admit that the so-called “war” on some drugs has failed is extremely unusual. Via the Guardian:

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.

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 favour of a more nuanced and liberalised 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?”

He insists, however, that prohibition has failed and an alternative system must be found…

[continues in the Guardian]


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11 Comments on "‘War On Drugs’ Has Failed, Say Latin American Leaders"

  1. MoralDrift | Apr 9, 2012 at 12:02 am |


  2. DeepCough | Apr 9, 2012 at 12:30 am |

    What’s Spanish for “fucking duh?”

  3. Ceausescu | Apr 9, 2012 at 1:32 am |

    Kinda stupid to say the “War On Drugs” has failed.

    One of its most important purposes was to lock people and make profit. HUGE PROFIT.

    But there were many other expectations that have been met.

    • mannyfurious | Apr 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

      This is the truth right here. The war on drugs is not a failure. It has created–and continues to create– a permanent second-class citizen population. Lots of people have made lots of money off this “war”. The “war” has further divided this country by making images of poor black and hispanic people scary to the white masses, which makes it easier to dismiss poor minorities as  those who take advantage of the system (i.e. “welfare queens”, unemployment benefit scammers, etc.) and who destroy their own communities (“if they don’t care enough to do something about their communities why should me and my taxes?”) etc. etc. The benefits of the “war” to those in power has been tremendous. In fact, the truth is the War on Drugs has been one of the most successful and profitable ventures that this country has ever endeavored upon. 

    • Progressives started the first American war on drugs in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Prohibition was a progressive goal. 

  4. Bill Hicks, 1993:
    I loved when Bush came out and said,
    “We are losing the war against drugs.”
    You know what that implies?
    There’s a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it.

  5. Ljohnson551 | Apr 9, 2012 at 6:16 am |

    we here in the US are wonderful at listening to and accepting what we don’t want to hear so I am sure that this announcement will do wonders for the untrenched political-economical culture of our society.

  6. ‘The war on drugs has failed’.
    Does the pope shit in the woods….?

  7. it made druglords richer then the g.d.p of the country the operate in

  8. Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 1:30 am |

    im on drugs right now and its true they are totally winning. high as fuck 

  9. Martin Svendsen | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:13 am |

    It’s really very straight forward: Legalize and regulate, just as we do for alcohol and tobacco. Yes, we can actually have much more control under a legalization paradigm, because criminals will no longer have a monopoly on drug distribution.

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