Pubdate: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 Source: New York Times (NY) Copyright: 2011 The New York Times Company Contact: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/lettertoeditor.html Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/298 Author: Gonzalo Giraldo Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n395/a10.html DISPATCHES FROM THE WAR ON DRUGS To the Editor: Decriminalizing consumption of drugs in small quantities, which Jimmy Carter suggests, won't reverse the failure of the global war on drugs. Drug users in any quantity, big or small, are financing terrorist guerrillas, paramilitaries and criminals in Colombia, Mexico, Afghanistan and many other developing countries. Both for consuming and producing nations, partial decriminalization of the illegal market could actually make the problem worse, as a lesser risk will encourage consumption. What is needed is a comprehensive approach by establishing a regulated legal market that would include, of course, production and consumption, and would eliminate the enormous profits that are financing violence worldwide. GONZALO GIRALDO Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., June 17, 2011 - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.