Our quote -taken from The Economist March 5th 2009- for this session entails a controversial topic: drug legalization or decriminalization. Drug use is prohibited in many countries since it is still considered a crime. According to the website www.dictionary.com a crime is an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited. Well, that concept implies many aspects that should be taken into account, right? Now, for many people a question arises: Should drug users be considered as criminals? This and many other questions on the topic will be addressed on our May 11th session.
What would drug legalization mean for Colombia? Even though the government has declared a war to drug trafficking, our country is still stereotyped and pointed as one of the most important producers of cocaine and cannabis. The government has spent billions of dollars on this war and has got insufficient results. On the other hand, many consider that prohibition makes the drug market even more profitable for manufacturers which in the end belong to international organized crime. So in our country the biggest problem is not probably with drug users but drug producers. We definitely need to go over these issues.
What’s the situation worldwide? Which countries have already legalized drugs? Why? Which are the results so far? What drug rules do they enforce? It would be great if you did some research on the topic, try to answer some of these questions and of course let us know your opinion about this hot topic which concerns everyone.