On March 8, 2012, two civil society groups—Mexico Unido contra la Delincuencia, AC, and Di Sí al Debate—published an advertisement in the popular Mexican publication, Reforma, calling for the Mexican government to join in the calls of the Presidents of Guatemala and Costa Rica and the former Latin American presidents (of the Global Commission) to “debate and change the regulation of drugs.”
Recently, Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia, Di Si al Debate, CIDE, EGAP, Nexos, and other organizations held the forum: “Drugs: a balance after a century of prohibition” to propote a serious debate about the efficacy of the current anti-drug strategy and on other possible alternatives to this. Experts from Mexico and the rest of the world analyzed the failure of the prohibitionist strategy against drugs, its costs, and possible alternatives to facing the drug problems in a way that entail less violence and fewer social costs.
In our opinion, the Mexican government should show solidarity with the calls for debate and for changing the regulation of drugs made by various former Latin American leaders and especially by the current presidents of Guatemala and Costa Rica.
We are calling on Congress and on all of the political parties to reach an agreement on this topic.
The Latin American leaders that have made this call come from a diverse range of ideologies. This is not about supporting specific persons; it is about underlining the validity of the spirit of what is motivating them. The global community should never end their reflection on this or on other topics. The stance taken by some countries that the international treaties regarding this topic are outside the scope of discussion is not acceptable.
From the urgent Latin American perspective, not opening up the debate is an irresponsible position.
The vice-president of the U.S., Joe Biden, in an interview with the newspaper Reforma said, “we welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue,” when he was asked whether the U.S. would be willing to join a hemispheric debate to explore the possibility of ending drug prohibition as a way of eliminating the profits made by violent criminal organizations.
For more information about the debate on the war against drugs and about the positions raised during the forum “Drugs: a balance after a century of prohibition”, visit www.mucd.org.mx