A segment tonight on the NBC Nightly News series “Mexico: the War Next Door” reports on a recent incident along our border with Mexico. A pickup truck packed with a half ton of marijuana crashed following a high-speed chase by Alamo police; the driver turned out to be a 12-year-old boy. The official response so far is to send Border Patrol agents into local schools with the old tried-and-true “Just Say No” message that always never works.
Are we just going to keep building more and more prisons (smaller cells for the children I suppose) or could we consider a more enlightened approach and eliminate the market? For more info on ending our failed war on drugs go to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). And check out a recent NPR interview with British journalist Ioan Grillo author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Drug Insurgency.”