Mexico: Oliver Stone Gets it Wrong on Mexico Drug War / Patrick Corcoran

On the publicity circuit to promote his new movie, director Oliver Stone has made a series of assertions about Mexico and the war on drugs that are not only false, but promote a dangerously misleading view of the country’s criminal groups.

In a recent interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Stone used a series of unfounded statistical assertions to justify his opposition to the war on drugs, theme of his movie “Savages” which opened in the US earlier this month. Among his comments, as compiled by the Los Angeles Times:

The Mexican economy would die without [drugs] because they need the money. It goes into their legitimate economy. It’s bigger than tourism. It’s bigger than oil. It’s bigger than remissions from their Mexican emigrants back to their country … Fifty percent of our prison system is victimless crimes. People who’ve never hurt anybody, they’re in for marijuana and it has nothing to do with punishment. It’s a medical issue, and I think we have to move to decriminalization and legalization. VER MÁS…

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