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Colombia Is No Model for Mexico's Drug War

Fighting drug traffickers isn't the same as fighting guerrilla insurgencies. Fracturing trafficking groups merely creates job opportunities for aspiring drug dealers.

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President Barack Obama recently admitted that drug legalization was a valid subject for debate even though he didn't support it himself. That was the most daring admission made by any sitting U.S. president on this subject. If he's serious, we should stoke this debate before another 35,000 lives are needlessly lost. There are many alternatives in the spectrum between prohibition and total free market legalization. We need to stop talking in terms of black and white.

Sanho Tree directs the Drug Policy project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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