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Guatemalan President Will Propose Drug Legalization

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is again speaking out on drug legalization. He said in a Saturday radio interview that he would propose legalizing drugs in a forthcoming meeting with regional leaders, and he specified that that included decriminalizing the transport of drugs through the Central American isthmus. Chronicle story here.

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I hope other countries will begin to emulate Molina's ideas. It doesn't take a genius to realize that the only thing that can truly impact the power of the drug cartels and stop some of the violence is to cut away at their profits. Anyone who's paid any attention to events in Mexico over the past 5 years knows that fighting the "drug war" is a completely useless battle, and a HUGE waste of resources. The cartels just regenerate with new personnel endlessly, like a hydra, unless you find a way to cut into their motivation--i.e., their enormous profits. This is the common-sense way to do that.

I also hope that the American electorate will start realizing that this needs to be an issue here as well. Think of the taxmoney we could save if we change strategies on this useless, impotent drug war. Unfortunately, it may be that the lobbies who need to keep the prison-industrial complex running at full profits will win out...after all, for the corporations that receive free prison labor and lobby for it in Washington, what's the use of treating the roots of addiction and putting addicts in heroin rehabs (www.heroinrehabs.org) where they belong...when you could just exploit them as slave labor instead? It's really time that the American public woke up about this issue.

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