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Pablo Escobar’s Son: Drug Cartels Will Die “The Day Drugs are Legalized”

by Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project:

Juan Sebastián Marroquín, born Juan Pablo Escobar Henao — as in, son of one of the most notorious drug kingpins, ever — has an answer to the drug war the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency likely won’t heed.

Even though myriad studies and voluminous research demand it should.

To end the nefarious, politically-motivated, and inordinately pernicious War on Drugs, legalize.

In fact, legalize all currently-illicit substances.

Answering questions from El Mundo in a recent interview — of many, pertaining to his new autobiographical book, “Pablo Escobar In Fraganti” — Marroquín provided the answer nations like Portugal found most effective in quashing the long-troubled drug war.

‘Is ending the war on drugs possible someday?’ El Mundo’s Hugo Sáenz asked.

The day [drugs] are legalized and regulated,’ Marroquín replied.

Asked whether Marroquín, himself, would be in favor of — assumedly — blanket legalization, the drug lord’s son offered a somewhat surprising, yet reasoned, response.

‘I am in favor of regulation,’ Marroquín explained, because ‘for me, drugs are already legal. They can reach any location, unimpeded.’

Comparing two calls made at the same time — one for home pizza delivery versus calling a dealer for drugs — the drugs would arrive before the pizza, he noted.

A popular misperception about legalization — perpetuated primarily by well-funded and cunning drug war propaganda — falsely claims legalization would birth countless social and health issues, increase exponentially the rate of addiction, and doom youth to desperate lives of dependence.

Marroquín, however, does not abide that theory — nor does data from Portugal — thus far, the longest-running decriminalization petri dish on the planet.

Indeed, Pablo Escobar’s son seems to have either derived his opinion from the indisputable failures of the drug war, itself, or from his unmistakably street-wizened father — who would have known the health of his multi-billion-dollar empire hinged on the basic premise of drugs’ illegality.

Sáenz queried the junior Escobar on whether legalization and regulation would lead to increased health spending, violence, death, and communicable diseases, Marroquín astutely pointed out,

‘On the contrary, the status of being illegal — (obtainable only through the black market) — means drug quality is worse.’

Without the standardization of quality, as would come from regulatory controls, drugs are more likely to contain undesirable additives, be of widely varying strengths, or stray from purity so far as to be either untenable or outright dangerous.

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