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Letters: Save Mexico -- end the drug war

May 05, 2013

Re "Obama vows alliance with Mexico," May 3

In trying to reduce the violence in Mexico, President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are doing a hat dance around the obvious solution.

As repugnant as it may be to some, decriminalizing drug use would quickly accomplish a number of goals: Drug cartels would lose billions of dollars, hampering their ability to corrupt public officials; law enforcement on both sides of the border would gain much-needed man-hours for use in fighting serious crimes; and billions of dollars wasted annually on a fruitless drug war could be recouped for use in bolstering the economy.

Drug use is a personal choice; drug abuse is a medical problem. We can no longer afford to waste time, money and political capital on a lost cause. Let's put an end to this ridiculous dance.

Bart Braverman

Los Angeles

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