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The case for decriminalizing marijuana

August 5, 2013

After I wrote about the efforts of former politicians to bring about the decriminalization of marijuana in Mexico City last week, the good people from Top Criminal Justice Schools contacted me asking if I would share the following infographic.

This is obviously a very serious topic, as marijuana laws are responsible to some degree for significant violence in Mexico and the entirely disproportionate incarceration rate of African-Americans in the United States. The infographic makes the case for decriminalization both succinctly and persuasively.

The Decriminalization of Marijuana
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tony Ben permalink
    August 7, 2013 03:27

    In another blog (Mexico Gulf Reporter, August 3, 2013), the following appeared:

    “Joining López Obrador on Friday was Rubén Moreira Valdez, PRI governor of the northeastern state of Coahuila, which has been a drug war epicenter for years. He argued that “legalization of marijuana would give further impetus to all kinds of collateral crime from which the major drug cartels already earn much of their enormous revenues, including commercial extortion, human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom and trafficking in arms and other contraband.”

    This makes sence.

  2. August 7, 2013 04:50

    That’s a very valid point Tony. Obviously this is a very complex and sensitive issue with no easy solutions, but I certainly think it’s a debate worth having.

  3. August 13, 2013 19:21

    Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.


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