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27 October 2010

The “Tuxla Group” (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Central American Republics) are expected to have a “consistent and congruent” anti-narcotics policy as producers, when the consumer countries (er, the biggest single consumer country, anyway) dithers.  From NPR:

“How can I tell a farmer in my country that if he grows marijuana, I’ll put him in jail, when in the richest state of the United States it’s legal to produce, traffic and consume the same product?… If we don’t act consistently in this matter, if all we’re doing is sending our citizens to prison while in other latitudes the market is legalized, then we should ask ourselves: Isn’t it time to revise the global strategy toward drugs?” [Colombian President Juan Manuel] Santos said in an interview broadcast Sunday by the Colombian radio station Caracol.

Maybe, since controlling the production and distribution is what justifies so much of our economic and military overlord’s command and control in Latin America, and props up several of the less, er “citizen-responsive” regimes, maybe a more proactive approach is in order. DOPEC, anyone?

Don’t worry, the U.S. economy’s heavy dependence on spending for police and firearms and prisons to control narcotics could still keep humming along, while the money made on the sale and distribution might be invested locally, rather than being siphoned off through money laundering elsewhere.

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