Booming cocaine production suggests the war on drugs has failed

Now some politicians in Latin America and Europe are saying so publicly
The Economist (UK)
Thursday, October 13, 2022

economist cocaine 2022There is no shortage of people willing to plant and harvest coca; and there is no shortage of cocaine. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), global production hit a record 1,982 tonnes in 2020. That number is up by 11% on the year before, and nearly double the amount produced in 2014. Plenty of Latin American presidents have said the war is not working—though they tend to do so only once they have safely left office. Now some of those in power are beginning to speak up, too. In an interview with The Economist, Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s new president, talked of leniency for repentant gang members, decriminalising coca-leaf production and creating places where Colombians could consume cocaine in a supervised environment.