The NYT “Room for Debate” section has seven essays on policy changes to protect Latin America from drug violence. Here’s my contribution. (“Giving up the pipe dream that enforcement can stem the flow of drugs would free it to reduce the flow of blood.”) Here’s Viridiana Rios: (“It is quite plausible that legalization would cause newly unemployed criminals to engage in kidnapping, extortion, robbery and other forms of local crime. A criminal outburst may be the unintended consequence of legalization.”) Here’s Alejandro Hope: “Two inescapable facts about the drug problem in Latin America are that it is mostly about international trafficking, which dwarfs domestic consumption, and it is mostly about cocaine, which provides the bulk of illegal drug revenue.”)
On the other side of the debate, some of the usual suspects offer some of the usual irrelevancies and non sequiturs. No one has a practical suggestion about a legal successor to the illegal cocaine market.