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October 31, 2002: The Washington Post releases a story about a rare interview with Benjamin Arellano Felix, the man accused of running Mexico's most ruthless drug cartel, from the La Palma maximum security federal prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico.

November 1991: While attempting to stop an air shipment of Colombian cocaine, Mexican Federal Police are massacred by Mexican army members in the pay of the traffickers. Embarrassed, Mexican President Salinas orders an investigation, which results in the imprisonment of a Mexican General. The general is quietly released several months later.

November 2, 1951: The Boggs Act nearly quadruples penalties for all narcotics offenses and unscientifically lumps marijuana in with narcotic drugs.

November 3, 1995: Anthony Lewis writes in The New York Times, in part: "We tried Prohibition to end alcohol abuse. It brought so much crime that we quickly gave up the Noble Experiment... Prohibition of drugs began in 1915. The experiment has been going for 80 years now, and by every rational test it is a ghastly failure."

November 3, 1999: The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (CJPF) cosponsors a press conference releasing a letter to "drug czar" Gen. Barry McCaffrey by distinguished American and Latin American leaders who reject the US export of the failed "war on drugs" to Latin America (http://www.cjpf.org/drug/1999latinam.html).

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