We live in an era in which, increasingly, governments in many western countries are realising that they are losing the so-called “War on Drugs”. Some countries have completely decriminalised certain substances, while in some states in the USA, you can buy marijuana over the counter for both medicinal and recreational use. Our attitude to illicit substances is increasingly looking not too dissimilar from that held by many people in the early nineteenth century.
When looking at the states where recreational marijuana use has been legalized, all the great things that activists promised said would come with legalization never happened.
Carlos Rodriguez gives a brief history and analysis of Mexican cartels from the 1980s onwards.