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Legalize It?

LEGALIZE IT? Latin America has joined the global call for a rethink on drugs. Consensus is mounting that violent, costly drug wars are failing. Leaders are mulling non-violent options, like legal regulation of some drugs and parts of the narcotics trade. DRUG PRODUCTION IN LATIN AMERICA 47,000+ MEXICO'S DEATH TOLL GROWING PRODUCING TRAFFICKING MOSTLY CATERS TO SINCE 2006, WHEN THE NATION STARTED ITS BLOODY DRUG WAR CARTELS US CONSUMPTION SHOW ME THE $$$ HOW MUCH THE US GOVERNMENT HAS REQUESTED TO FIGHT THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRADE (IN BILLIONS). $2.31 $2.29 $2.10 $2.08 2009 2010 2011 2012 THE PLAYERS TOP GROWERS 1 153.2K ACRES 1 TOP CONSUMERS 5.7M PEOPLE NORTH AMERICA COLOMBIA 2 151.2K ACRES 2. WEST/CENTRAL 4.OM PEOPLE PERU 3 76.6K ACRES BOLIVIA EUROPE 2.5M PEOPLE 3. SOUTH AMERICA COCAINE 1 117.4K ACRES 1 32.5M PEOPLE MOROCCO NORTH AMERICA 2 71.6K ACRES 2 31.8M PEOPLE AFGHANISTAN WEST/CENTRAL AFRICA CANNABIS 3. 3.2K ACRES 3 28.1M PEOPLE MEXICO SOUTH ASIA ("FARMLAND DEDICATED TO COCA PLANTS) DRUG DEBATE EACH COUNTRY'S PUBLICLY STATED POSITION ON ILLICIT DRUGS BASED ON DATA COMPILED BY RESEARCH GROUP INSIGHT CRIME. CANADA MEXICO HONDURAS -JAMAICA - NICARAGUA EL SALVADOR/ VENEZUELA COSTA RICA PANAMA COLOMBIAD AGAINST DECRIMINALIZATION ECUADOR AND LEGALIZATION BRAZIL BOLIVIA FOR PARTIAL DECRIMINALIZATION BUT AGAINST LEGALIZATION PERU PARAGUAY FOR DECRIMINALIZATION AND LEGALIZATION CHILE URUGUAY NOT INCLUDED IN THE DATA ARGENTINA Sources: Latin America and the Caribbean: Illicit Drug Trafficking and US Counterdrug Programs, CRS 2011 Report InSight Crime Map: Drug Policy Country by Country Breakdown Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight International Narcotics Control Board 2011 Report UN Office of Drugs and Crime UN World Drug 2011 Report Designed by Kyle Kim/GlobalPost @kyleykim gp

Legalize It?

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Latin America has joined the global call for a rethink on drugs. Consensus is mounting that violent, costly drug wars are failing. Leaders are mulling non-violent options, like legal regulation of som...

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