The United States’ take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It is expected soon to be the only nation to legalize the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana on a national scale.
President Obama has said on several occasions that “legalization is not the answer.” At an Organization of American States meeting this year, White House drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske rejected legalization as a “bumper-sticker approach.”
But there is not much the administration can do about Uruguay’s move.… Seguir leyendo »