The violence in Mexico–directly a result of the huge profits that can be made thanks to the US prohibitions against drugs–reached new heights last year. From the Latin American News Dispatch:

The year 2010 brought the most drug-related deaths in Mexico since President Felipe Calderón launched his offensive against the country’s cartels in 2006.

According to a report whose results were made public by the Mexican government on Wednesday, 15,273 people were killed in drug war violence — up from 9,616 in 2009, according to The Guardian.

It begs the question, how many more murders need to take place before politicians on both sides of the border start seriously debating better solutions that won’t result in thousands killed?

At what point do people realize that the violent gangs and paramiltary groups, financed by the massive profits that come as a result of prohibition, are far more damaging to society than the use of many of the drugs themselves?