It is believed that drug trafficking is a flagrant disrespect of the law, and society is compelled to punish such rebellion through overt force.
Punishment and retribution are the keys to stopping drug trafficking and therefore the justice system should criminalise the activity and all its forms.
Other drugs, like crack and other harder drugs, tend to be overlooked.
Violent crimes are mostly committed by someone on hard drugs, not on marijuana.
To many, the war just ended up as the militarization of Latin America.
Mexico is now spending 0 million to a billion a year on the drug war (Tavis), just because they don’t want Americans invading them just like what they did in Panama.
But to operate the war on drugs as if America is up against the Nazis is looking at the problem from the wrong end.
Here, drug trafficking runs in two ways: there are the foreign suppliers and theirs the local demand. But what should be understood is that this is a war against people. And so they keep focusing on the killing supply by all means possible, even by arrogant policies such as the potential annual “decertification” of Latin American government that are determined not to cooperate with the United States (Ratliff).
In short, the war on drugs is really about tackling the supply side of drugs. When the United States elevated this priority into their foreign policies, what they actually did was to compel other countries to take care of their citizens in terms of health and safety, protect its youth from becoming corrupted by drugs and pushers. In the process, because of the war on drugs, elaborate institutions and industries around the world emerged from prison systems, anti-terrorism, anti-money laundering-governments became more aware.
However, the downside of the war on drugs is staggering.