Can Legalizing Drugs be a Solution for the Violence in Mexico?


Some Mexican politicians and public officials–in addition to a significant portion of the Mexican public–believe that it is “time to go back to a policy of peaceful co-existence with the cartels”.

With the death toll perpetually on the rise (around 3,000 deaths in 2007 to almost 20,000 in 2010), people are starting to question whether the government’s violent frontal attack on drug cartels is really accomplishing anything. Trafficking violence is worsening, and the amount of drugs entering the United States  remains undiminished.  With these things in mind, some are devising a Plan B: legalizing drugs so as to reduce trafficking violence and confrontation.

Claire Rush studies Geography and French at UC Berkeley. She lives in one of the largest co-ops in North America and has been an active member in the Berkeley Student Cooperative for the last two years. Apart from yoga and biking and the occasional hike, her main activities include chilling, hanging around, trying to teach herself how to cook, daydreaming about Burning Man, and watching seasons of old TV shows on the internet. More from this author →