By Alejandro Hope for El Daily Post. Bringing on some competition. Guerrero, as is well known, is the most violent state in Mexico. A significant portion of that violence is fueled by a thriving heroin trade. To tackle that problem, the newly elected state governor, Héctor Astudillo, has been pushing a seemingly radical notionlicensing farmers to legally produce opium poppy for medicinal purposes (as done in at least 11 countries around the world). And that seems like a good idea that, if well-implemented, could a) provide a legal livelihood to non-trivial number of people in remote rural areas, and b) maybe increase access to essential pain-relieving medicines. But there is one thing it will certainly not do: reduce heroin-fueled violence.

Grounds for pessimism. Why not? Think about the economics of the heroin trade:

Read more… 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s