The shocking wave of drug-cartel-related mayhem and the revelation that the Mexican cartels control violent street gangs in 230 American cities should be a wake-up call to the proponents of drug prohibition in both Canada and the U.S.
And the estimate that drug exports provide $13 billion U.S. a year in revenues to Mexican drug cartels alone should be a wake-up call to all concerned by violent crime. It is the equivalent of providing a $182-billion-a-year source of revenue to organized crime in the U.S. and $20 billion a year to organized crime in Canada.
Drug prohibition has become not only the biggest source of revenue for organized crime across North America but also the primary cause of most violent crime on the continent.
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