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Mexican police arrest members of drug gang behind the alleged killing of 8 people in Cancun

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As US demand for drugs drives the trade, the US has responsibility to help in solving the problem. Legalizing the less dangerous drugs and allowing organized import would be a necessary step forward, with money spent on interdiction being spent on treatment instead.

Pot is already legal in many states, almost half allow at least "medical" marijuana. Several states make recreational use legal and an interesting thing has happened. Regulation and taxation of the legal pot trade has opened the door to an even larger illegal market than before. In the past possession, use and dealing were all illegal. Now possession in small quantities and use are legal but the legal pot dealers are at a competitive disadvantage to the illegal growers. Those illegal grows have multiplied exponentially in states like Oregon, Oklahoma (aka Tokelahoma) and California. Legalizing hasn't undercut the illegal growers. Rather now that possession and use are legal, the market for the illegal growers has expanded.

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LagunaToday 09:00 am JST

So sad what is happening in Mexico. When I'd go to Tijuana and Ensenada in the '80s, they were vibrant, exciting places. The last time I visited a few years ago, they were ghost towns.

As US demand for drugs drives the trade, the US has responsibility to help in solving the problem. Legalizing the less dangerous drugs and allowing organized import would be a necessary step forward, with money spent on interdiction being spent on treatment instead.

No offense, but interdiction is critical. If you don't put the users in jail (and we probably shouldn't) all that is left to prevent cities from being overrun with zombies is coming down hard on the dealers. US cities are not in a good state and that is not just a conservative talking point.

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Lost drug wars country

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So sad what is happening in Mexico. When I'd go to Tijuana and Ensenada in the '80s, they were vibrant, exciting places. The last time I visited a few years ago, they were ghost towns.

As US demand for drugs drives the trade, the US has responsibility to help in solving the problem. Legalizing the less dangerous drugs and allowing organized import would be a necessary step forward, with money spent on interdiction being spent on treatment instead.

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