By Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa
The time period “Mexican Drug War” misleads. It means that the continued massacre, which has now killed good over 100,000 humans, is an inner Mexican affair.
But this diverts consciousness from the U.S. position in growing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that american citizens purchase medications from, and promote guns to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever because the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of gear within the early 1900s, it has confused Mexico into appearing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal outcomes.
Mexico was once no longer a helpless sufferer. strong forces in the kingdom profited highly from offering american citizens with what their executive forbade them. however the regulations that spawned the drug battle have proved disastrous for either countries.
Written by way of award-winning authors, one American and the opposite Mexican, A Narco historical past studies the interlocking twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes the way to finish it.
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Which Lupsha and Schlegel estimate at $100 million a year) was invested in ranches, land, dairies, apartments, and resort developments—a tremendous, if illicit, boon to the Mexican economy. ◆ ◆ ◆ Up north, during Richard Nixon’s presidency (1969–1974), a tremendous amount of energy was being expended contesting the growing influx. Nixon revived Harry Anslinger’s War on Drugs. Psychoactives were again associated with a feared social group—this time the large chunk of American youth that had begun smoking weed, getting high while chortling at late-night screenings of the Anslinger era’s Reefer Madness (1936).
S. on the road to regulatory regimes and was way ahead of it in its opposition to marijuana. The issue was put aside in the ensuing whirlwind of revolutionary combat, but once Carranza came to power, restrictionists took a f urther step. Determined to restore political order, Carranza convoked 8 A NARCO HISTORY a Constitutional Convention, which opened in the city of Querétaro in December 1916. Battles between relatively moderate Carranza forces, and radical younger turks seeking social and economic as well as political change, were for the most part won by the radicals, with key provisions drastically curtailing the power of the Catholic Church, laying the basis for major land reform, establishing national rights to subsoil minerals, expanding lay education, and creating a powerful executive branch.
Not all drugs crossed the border. Some were destined for local consumption. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, psychoactive agents were commonly used in Mexico, for medical and recreational reasons. Opium smoking was chiefly a pastime of 6 A NARCO HISTORY the C hinese minority; morphine, heroin, and cocaine appealed to bourgeois artists and intellectuals; and marijuana was primarily the province of the poor. But drug use was not a mass phenomenon. Ingestion levels were nowhere near those attained in Gringolandia.