This really is about perfect:
An unconventional cure for Mexicoâ€™s drug violence: Legalization of marijuana is the cartelsâ€™ worst nightmare by Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune
Criminal organizations would no longer be able to demand huge premiums to compensate for the major risks that go with forbidden commerce. If the referendum passes, some 39 million Californians will have access at lower prices, from regulated domestic producers.
So the drug cartels would see a large share of their profits go up in smoke. Those profits are what enables them to establish sophisticated smuggling operations, buy guns and airplanes, recruit foot soldiers and bribe government officials. Those profits are also what makes all those efforts â€” and the murderous violence the merchants employ â€” worth the trouble.
By now, it should be clear that using force to wipe out the drug trade is a task on the order of bailing out the Atlantic Ocean with a teaspoon.
The whole thing is that good. Just go and read it.
Here’s the ending:
On a recent trip to Mexico City, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Americans’ demand for drugs helps sustain the Mexican merchants and resolved to address the problem. “We are looking at everything that can work,” she said.
Well, almost everything.
The most viable option is the one that is considered unthinkable. The head of Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has said that “legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary nor is it in mine.”
No, but failure is.
The logic is so clear that you wonder how anyone could fail to follow it… and then I read the comments and about 5 of the first 6 failed. Fortunately, saner minds followed.