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Imagine a post-drug war world. After decades of brutal violence, huge costs and corrupting cartels, the Americas are trying to picture it. They produce and ship the bulk of the cocaine that enters the US, the world's top user. Now leaders are discussing alternatives to the war on drugs, such as decriminalizing or legally regulating parts of the drug trade. The taboo is broken. 'Legalize it' is gaining ground.
Latin American countries are stuck in a vicious drugs cycle — mostly to serve a voracious appetite for narcotics in the United States. But drug use also has risen in the Americas and critics say the fight to crush the illicit drug trade is tearing up their societies.