Mexico and the War on Drugs: Time to Legalize

POLICY FORUM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

Featuring Vicente Fox, Former President, Mexico; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.


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Mexico is paying a high price for fighting a war on drugs that are consumed in the United States. More than 40,000 people have died in drug-related violence since the end of 2006 when Mexico began an aggressive campaign against narco-trafficking. The drug war has led to a rise in corruption and gruesome criminality that is weakening democratic institutions, the press, law enforcement, and other elements of a free society. Former Mexican president Vicente Fox will explain that prohibition is not working and that the legalization of the sale, use, and production of drugs in Mexico and beyond offers a superior way of dealing with the problem of drug abuse.

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