Happy…Early Earth Day

Kudos for going all year without writing a paper or structuring a debate on the legalization of marijuana. Well done! Now that we’re wrapping up the year, I figure I can finally open that can of worms…

Legalize drugs. Forbes seems like an unlikely publication to put forth such a piece, which makes this argument all the more compelling in my eyes. (Find the article here.) The economics of it seem simple enough: drug legalization (or, at the very least, marijuana legalization) would reduce prices, reduce revenues, and in turn reduce violence. I’ve posted a few links before on the violence plaguing this continent with the US/Mexico led war on drugs (specifically the violence in Mexico and Honduras), so I won’t repeat any of that. This may sound selfish, but I just want to go back to Mexico! A good friend of mine from Veracruz, Mexico now lives in Monterrey and I dare not go visit him. I’ve been to some sketchy and dangerous parts of the world, but drug cartels are one thing with which I do not want to mess around. My last trip to Mexico was a trolley ride from San Diego to Tijuana (how romantic, right?) in 2009, and even then the violence plaguing the city was terrifying. Men walking the streets in full body armor and carrying assault rifles were common. Since then things have only gotten worse. With the end of Felipe Calderon’s term coming nearer, I have hope that Mexico will soon end it’s hopeless crackdown on drug cartels and peace can be restored to the galaxy. I mean country.

-Jordan

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