March 5, 2009 4:29PM

Drug Prohibition’s Role in Mexico’s Violence

By Cato Editors

Since January 2007 there have been more than 6,800 drug‐​war related deaths in Mexico, and Mexican drug cartels continue to expand their operations in American cities. Washington’s response has been to expand its prohibitionist efforts with the Mérida Initiative, a U.S.­Mexico anti‐​drug‐​trafficking program. Historically, however, prohibitionist policies have had little success in reducing the flow of drugs. Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato’s Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, suggests a new strategy must be tried.

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