In other news, no Mexicans killed over Corona Beer

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator August 5, 2010

    Screenshot from CBS News website

    A loyal NORML reader notes the unintended irony in the AP photo accompanying CBS News’ coverage of the 28,000 Mexicans who’ve been killed in the drug war south of our border.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has remarked that “Clearly what we’ve been doing has not worked,” and “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade.” Sec’y Clinton notes that “Neither interdiction [of drugs] nor reducing demand have been successful.”

    Yet Americans have a far more insatiable demand for beer than they do cannabis and drugs.  Some of those beers, like Corona, even provide an export market for Mexico and jobs for poor Mexicans.

    And nobody turns up tortured and dead under a Budweiser banner, either.

    If what we’ve done for thirty years hasn’t worked, if our demand is insatiable, if interdiction is not successful, what other possible way could we deal with marijuana – a product more than half of all Americans under age 50 have tried and 10% of American adults enjoy annually?

    The solution to the problem in that photograph isn’t found by going after the murderous criminals who put that banner on the ground.  It’s found in the lessons we learned seventy-seven years ago that led to a beer company putting its banner on the wall.

    52 responses to “In other news, no Mexicans killed over Corona Beer”

    1. majorskibum says:

      What more is there to be said?

    2. mellokittyx4 says:

      Mostly agreed. However, any product that uses water, and thus seeks to control water rights in politically weakened and/or crooked, and/or economically unstable countries is responsible, in one way or another, for deaths “under their banner”. Coke is the best known of these villains, but wherever there is water and the poor and money to be made, you can be sure there is a trail of suffering and death under whomever’s banner.

    3. Darrell Kilgore says:

      Roll a nother one!

    4. DragonTat2 says:

      Isn’t it ironic? I really do think.

      Dude. The remarks on facebook are outrageous. I wonder who among them enjoy alcohol on a regular basis. Sheesh.


    5. Paul Revere says:

      Fuck the United States Federal Govt Cartel ! ! !
      A bunch of dirty “HOPE” pushers.

      Ooops, did I say that.

      I mean, I pledge allegence and all that rot.

    6. Anonymous says:


    7. Jeremy says:

      so whats with the corona billboard in the background?

    8. Anonymous says:

      Im quite sure that way more than 10% of American adults enjoy marijuana everyday. As a matter of fact Im quite sure the number is more like 80%, considering that if you actually took a pole of how many Americans smoke marijuana, half if not more of the no answers would actually be a lie. There are so many people out there who lie and say they dont smoke just for the simple fact that its illegal and they dont want to get in trouble.

    9. shromer says:

      the drug violence is not over marijuana its over coke and outher hard drugs

    10. Dave says:

      He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it.