Much is said about the difficulties undocumented immigrants face due to the recent security measures taken in the Mexico-U.S border, but little attention is devoted to the role that Mexican drug cartels have played in reshaping the human smuggling dynamics in the last few years.
Marijuana, as with the wildly disparate racially hammering of minorities with cocaine drug busts, has also been yet another weapon in the ruthless, relentless and naked drug war on minorities, especially African-Americans.
Despite aggressive policies and enforcement actions against every link in the chain of producers, distributors and users, the illicit trade has become more prolific than ever, exacting a painful toll on every area of society it touches.
Wayne Kramer is someone who's history you have to hear to believe. Having served time during what he calls "the drug wars" Wayne now works with jails in the U.S. and UK to rehabilitate prisoners through music with his organization Jail Guitar Doors.
Living in the U.S. has made me realize how far Mexicans are from winning the drug war. We can continue to fight the cartels but we will never be able to beat Uncle Sam's insatiable 23 million drug consumers.
Some people might still think that marijuana prohibition is a fringe issue -- but if any of these people run for office, they'd better watch their back. The drug policy reform movement is on the verge of being not just respected -- but feared.
Horrific drug violence is not related to drug users; it's related to drug dealers. It's the prohibition itself that is causing this crime wave, just like it did during alcohol prohibition, when Al Capone reigned supreme here.