Eventually the U.S. Will Legalize Marijuana

Sooner or later, the growing momentum in all of the States of the Union to legalize marijuana will motivate the federal government to remove the ban on its use.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EDITORIAL

As noted by Juan Carlos Hidalgo on his blog on Elfinancierocr.com "... Today, after more than 40 years of continuous failures, we are witnessing the collapse of the international drug war, which has cost the continent hundreds of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives."

As a major drug trafficking route spanning the South American producing countries to the consumer market in the United States, Central America is paying a high price in violence, not only has it cost tens of thousands of lives, but it has also added huge security costs to operators in the region, like a war zone when the battle is over, because of all of these points actions must be taken to "... be at the forefront of the search for alternatives to end this failed policy."

"... Yesterday the New York Times, the most influential newspaper in the U.S., published an editorial advocating the legalization of marijuana in the country. The NYT notes that "There are no perfect answers to the legitimate concerns of people regarding the use of marijuana. But there are no perfect answers about tobacco and alcohol, and we believe that at every level - health effects, impact on society and issues of law enforcement - the balance falls decisively on the side of national legalization.'"



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Einstein and Drug Trafficking

November 2015

Central America's fall into the hands of drug traffickers makes the following quote seem true: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

EDITORIAL

Although their rulers deny it, Central American countries are losing the war against drug traffickers.

Why Not Export Marijuana to Where it is Legal?

June 2014

"If the consumption of a product is legal, so is its trade." Although the Guatemalan proposal to free up export of of the drug will surely kick up some dust, its logic is unassailable.

Editorial

The legalization of marijuana in Uruguay and the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington has opened a door for a proposal by Guatemala to legalize its production and export.

Cultivation of Marijuana and Poppy for Medicinal Purposes

April 2014

The President of Guatemala has again stated in international forums the need to radically reform anti drug policies.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

A Guatemala Commission is to propose legalizing marijuana and poppy for medicinal use

The Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina, said today in Panama, after participating in the first plenary of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, that later this year, the National Commission for Reform of Drug Policy could suggest that a bill be presented to Congress to legalize marijuana and poppies for medicinal use in the country.

Failure of the War on Drugs

August 2012

In the U.S. the number of people over 12 years old who use drugs increased from 5.8% in 1991-93 to 8.9% in 2008. In Mexico the war on drugs has killed over 50,000 people over the past 5 years.

Juan Carlos Hidalgo wrote an article for Nacion.com in February 2012. His approach, denouncing the harmful effects of drug prohibition, was based on a proposal by the President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, to legalize drugs as a means to combat drug trafficking.

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