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Esquivel's Analysis

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Esquivel wrapped things up in his preliminary conclusions by stating: 1. it is not necessarily true that drug consumption has increased substantially in recent years in Mexico and if it were true it would be coming from very low levels.1 Second he states that it is much more relevant the U.S. market than the domestic market and the fight amongst the DTO’s is not as much about the domestic market as for the access to the relevant market.1 Thirdly he points out that the level of profitability of drug trafficking activities renders other criminal activities unattractive, so if they have increased, they are most likely carried out by organizations other than DTO’s.1 Esquivel proceeds to also point out the homicide rates in Mexico from 1990 to…show more content…
He states, “There is no evidence of an increase in crime rates before the launching of the current strategy and in fact, crime rates in Mexico were following a steady decline since the early 1990’s”.1 The strategy followed so far may have led to an increase in violence through many different channels. Esquivel notes that the new strategy should address the source of violence, which may be by region, and focus on detaining those who commit violent acts and also attack the financial resources of DTOs considering there has been no progress there in recent years. However this method requires more intelligence work and a more comprehensive…show more content…
It appears as though in his mind legalization could also represent taxes, which then could be devoted to improve services, institutions, as well as cover health costs associated to potential increase in the consumption of drugs as a result of their greater availability. Esquivel also thinks if there is legalization of drugs, even in one market, we should expect to observe a reduction in the price of drugs which in turn will reduce profitability.
He also states that all the efforts, including the diplomatic ones should have that clear and it is impossible to continue having two very different policies or approaches in the region toward the same problem.1
So with that said I’m going to state simply no I do not agree with Gerardo Esquivel and his thoughts on the legalization of drugs. I could go on and on about why not but then I feel as if my emotions would get the best of me. Simply put it’s like a dog chasing his tail. Drugs are legalized, drugs are now cheaper, more people doing drugs or buying more fdrugs, health care costs from the taxes of this “drug money” in turn take care of the drug addicts and then back to the beginning again. It’s a ridiculous solution to a terrible
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