It was notable that Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina, among other Latin American officials, called for a debate on the impact of America’s drug laws & it’s “war on drugs”.
As it is, decriminalization of illicit drugs has worked well in Portugal.
Given the waste of resources (US federal government spent over $15B in 2010 on the War on Drugs, about $500 per second for a total of $1T over 40 years), the loss of freedom & property due to “forfeiture laws” in the USA, the search for alternatives must occur, sooner rather than later. More urgently, there must be a solution to the continued bleeding of Mexico where “collateral damage” from the spillover of America’s drug war has cost the lives of tens of thousands of people.
Horror stories appear often in the USA about the appearance of SWAT teams disguised as “storm troopers” breaking into an innocent citizen’s home. When will people be more reflective about the harms to liberty & life & livelihood from aggressive state action against people engaging in vices that should not be crimes.