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A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe July 7, 2012

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This report looks at over 20 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalisation of drug possession, including some States that have only decriminalised cannabis possession. The main aim of the report was to look at the existing research to establish whether the adoption of a decriminalised policy led to significant increases in drug use – the simple answer is that it did not.

via A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe.

Update on The Mexican Drug Wars August 8, 2010

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Good LA Times article about the war with the upstart Zeta and La Familia Cartels. Here is the dirty little secret that has been whispered around for awhile.

The arrests have been unevenly distributed. Fewer than 1,000 of the 53,000 drug-trafficking arrests studied in a report this year by Edgardo Buscaglia, an international expert on organized crime and a legal scholar at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, involved people working for the Sinaloa cartel, the oldest and mightiest of the narco-empires.

Those figures have led many in Mexico to conclude that Calderon’s government is going easy on the Sinaloa traffickers, whose leader is the country’s most wanted fugitive, billionaire Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman. The motive, this argument goes, would be to reduce violence by allowing one group to essentially win. Calderon has vehemently denied favoritism.

via Mexico drug cartels: Mexico drug cartels thrive despite Calderon’s offensive – latimes.com.

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