• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
  • 00:56    |    
    Debate and discussion about drugs
  • 02:36    |    
    Global drug prohibition regime
  • 03:25    |    
    War on drugs
  • Criminalization of drugs
  • 05:10    |    
    U.S. influence
    • Federal drug offices
    • Diminishing U.S. influence
  • 07:53    |    
    Optimal drug policy
    • Drug addiction and abuse
    • Failed prohibition policy
    • Social degradation
  • 13:51    |    
    Alternative strategies in drug control
  • 15:39    |    
    Selected legal drugs
  • 17:54    |    
    Social use perception
    • Opiate drug prohibition in the 1870's
    • Cocaine drug prohibition in the 1900's
    • Marijuana drug prohibition in the 1920's
    • Alcohol prohibition in the 1930's
  • 22:05    |    
    Use of coca leaves in Latin America
  • Coca leaf study by the World Health Organization
  • 24:45    |    
    Internationalization of drug prohibition
  • 26:56    |    
    Environmental consequences of drug destruction
  • 28:13    |    
    Global commodities market
  • 29:01    |    
    Agricultural benefits of coca crops
  • 29:58    |    
    Organized crime
  • 30:16    |    
    HIV and AIDS
  • 32:48    |    
    Governmental costs
  • Legal consequences of consumption
  • 35:37    |    
    Incarceration industry
  • 37:42    |    
    Youth access to illegal drugs
  • 39:02    |    
    Prohibition of cigarettes
  • Costs of criminalization
  • 44:03    |    
    American projection of domestic psychosis
  • 48:27    |    
    Public support of marijuana legalization
  • 49:09    |    
    Latin American leaders against international drug taboo
  • 51:26    |    
    Question and answer period
    • Would Guatemala become a paradise for drug lords if we were to legalize drugs by ourselves?
    • Do you think the influence of the United States was the cause of Central American countries involvement in this problem?
    • What would be the economic and social impact of legalization? Would we be better?
      • Human nature vulnerability
      • Heroin addiction experiments
    • Legalization of drugs or strengthening of the justice system, what comes first? Why?
    • Is the war against drugs being held due to the economic interest of U.S. corporations?
    • How could we determine the idea of responsible drug use? Should they be available to everyone?
      • Individual responsibility
      • Wake and bake
    • What would happen to society if drugs become legal?
    • What is your opinion regarding the psychological effects of marijuana?
    • Considering the high rates of corruption, do you think Guatemala has the right conditions to legalize drugs?
  • 01:18:21    |    
    Final words
  • 01:19:28    |    
    Final credits

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

New Media  | 16 de febrero de 2012  | Vistas: 41

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.


Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug…


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