Repression Will Win Out Over Legalization at Summit of the Americas (El Carabobeno, Venezuela)

Will the Summit of the Americas, to be held in Colombia this weekend, call for drug decriminalization? Columnist Julio E. Mayaudon of Venezuela’s El Carabobeno writes that despite all the evidence supporting an orderly decriminalization, an alliance of sorts between the U.S. and more authoritarian states will doom plans for legalization: The U.S. opposes it, preferring to put the burden on producing countries, and countries like Venezuela have leaders with ties to the drug cartels.

For El Carabobeno, Julio E. Mayaudon writes in part:

“The U.S. aims to deal with the problem by attacking external supply. The so called “war on sources,” which was initiated by President Reagan and continued by Bush, has seen particular application in Latin America.”

“Paradoxically, Venezuela has been the best pupil of this repressive and prohibitionist policy, going after drug consumers and small-time smugglers, drug peddlers and ‘mules.’”

“This repressive approach will be adopted because it is supported by the greatest world power, which pursues policies that on the outside are repressive, but domestically are benign toward its own consumers and traffickers. That is to say nothing of the political and military reasons for such behavior. Secondly, it will be due to the hypocritical support of authoritarian countries, whose governments have compromised political morality with their scandalous ties to drug trafficking. Such will be the outcome of the discussion on drugs during the Summit of the Americas.”

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Author: WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)

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  1. Obama came into office giving lip service to a more rational approach to the “war on drugs” but that’s all it turned out to be. Yet another disappointment from this administration. Oh sure, the dems are still better, but the standards are too low all the way around.

  2. but domestically are benign toward its own consumers and traffickers.

    If sticking 1% of the population, approximately 3 million people, in jail is benign then the US drug war has been domestically benign…

  3. Obama is not going to take a leap of faith like this in an election year. He doesn’t have the political courage to do it. It will probably have to be decriminalized by a conservative president with the backing of the usual talking heads

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