November 2, 2010 by USA Post
Proposition 19, The majority measures of U.S. vote do not attract much international attention, but California’s Proposition 19, which would allow the state to regulate marijuana and tax, collected much of the review. Supporters of Proposition 19 have argued that loosening restrictions on marijuana would de-fang the Mexican drug cartels with violence, while critics maintain that it would have little impact.
Since the American prohibitionist policies have international ramifications – particularly in Latin America but also in Afghanistan, where the ruling of the country’s opium production has become an important priority – it is not unreasonable to assume that the relaxation of these policies would also have consequences beyond U.S. borders. But there are good reasons to believe that cartels, like the terrorist networks are resilient and adapt and find other profitable ventures running marijuana if the U.S. becomes less lucrative. And in any event, this debate seems rather tangential to the fundamental question at the heart of the proposal 19: What consenting adults in a free society are or are not allowed to do so.
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