Pablo Escobar’s Son: Legalizing Drugs Would Kill Violent Drug Cartels

WASHINGTON, DC — Pablo Escobar’s son recently grabbed headlines when he revealed that his father worked with the CIA to distribute cocaine.

Juan Sebastián Marroquín’s revelation worked to clear up how his father, Escobar, always seemed to mysteriously be protected with advanced warnings and superior firepower.

Now he’s back in the news again, with another statement that many might agree with.

In short, Juan asserts that if the war on drugs were to be ended, it would stop violent drug cartels.

It would happen “the day drugs are legalized and regulated,” he said, in an interview with El Mundo.

Given that Juan is intimately acquainted with the nature and function of cartels, his words might be regarded as carrying more weight on the subject.

A follow-up question was posed, namely, whether he himself would support across-the-board legalization of illicit drugs, to which he responded from the perspective of a drug cartel:

“For me, drugs are already legal. They can reach any location, unimpeded.”

He suggested tongue-in-cheek that in some locations, drugs can be delivered faster than pizzas.

It is the reason why he says he is “in favor of regulation” for drugs, rather than prohibition.

The observation cuts to the heart of the matter.

Health risks associated with drug use would not vary depending on whether drugs are legal or illegal, since, as Juan points out, people are already getting drugs when they want them regardless of the laws.

Solutions to the health risks, then, do not come by way of making drugs “illegal,” but by the implementation of better education modules, rehabilitative programs, and medical treatments. The funds currently devoted to the War on Drugs would be more than enough to provide such solutions.

What would vary, depending on whether drugs are legal or illegal, is the level of power had by violent cartels. Were the War on Drugs to be ended, competition and regulation would pull the rug out from under cartels — and presumably rogue factions of the CIA — that operate violently in black and red markets.

Juan pointed out that ending the War on Drugs would also improve the safety of people who choose to do them, stating: “the status of being illegal [only acquired via violent black and red markets] means drug quality is worse.”

In such markets there is no universal regulation or quality standard, which is often why cartels can get away with selling under-dosed and harmful products — an example being the insertion of ground glass to increase cocaine yield.

“The drugs are worse, because they are prohibited,” he added.

With regulatory controls, reputation-based systems, and standards of quality, cartels would quickly drown in a sea of competition.

He then went on to chastise pop culture and Hollywood’s portrayal of his father’s drug cartel, stating “there has been a glorification of my father’s criminal activity, and an addition of glamor to a story that has none of that.”

Watch the video below about how Pablo Escobar worked directly for the CIA:

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