What is the role of science and individual rights in drug policies? Is the war on drugs, a lost war?

16 de febrero de 2012   | Vistas: 3 |  

Ethan Nadelmann speaks about the war on drugs and its effects in social and political structures. He elaborates on the influence that the American government has on this worldwide policy and explains how they have been able to project their own internal psychosis to different countries and presents the historical process by which the criminalization and prohibition of these substances has been promoted. Regardless of cultural and social traditions, the United States has constantly been pursuing a foreign struggle against these commodities, as Nadelmann describes them. He also points out how, through different agencies and treaties, the international community has been dragged into a vicious cycle, urging overwhelming costs, such as crime, death, and sickness. He makes a special remark on the social aspects that have ignited prohibitions and portrays ignorance as the principal promoter of such destructive policies. As a personal contributor to the solution of this problem, he promotes the legalization of drugs by means of responsible policies that fight abuse and allow conscientious consumption. Finally, he encourages Latin American countries to raise discussion and debate around these ideas to become the principal advocates for consensus and change.


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín