The machine [ Governmement/Corporations/Banks/Pharma] will never allow this to happen. Illegal drug profits are extremely higher and a lot easier to control, produce and distribute than extraction and refining natural resources. Wage war to take control of established oil/gas fields.
Mexico, Colombia, and Guatemala want to decriminalize drugs, but with a military approach. This means going after criminals and gangs with military and police force before they can regroup.
If you were to place Felipe Calderon, Juan Manuel Santos, and Otto Perez Molina on the hemisphere’s outdated left-right ideological spectrum, all three are well on the right side of the center line. All three are pro-military and all three have deployed their military forces to combat drug traffickers and criminal organizations. All three are strong allies of the United States. And in the past few months, all three have raised the real possibility of decriminalization of drugs in their countries and the region.
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