The Drug War Is Hooked On Cocaine

Alejandro Hope's reality check:

Two inescapable facts about the drug problem in Latin America are that it is mostly about international trafficking, which dwarfs domestic consumption, and it is mostly about cocaine, which provides the bulk of illegal drug revenue. But cocaine legalization in the United States, while it would provide huge benefits for Latin America, has very little support.

Kleiman reads other opinions about drug violence in Latin America and notices that "no one has a practical suggestion about a legal successor to the illegal cocaine market."