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The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico

by Susie Byrd / Beto O'Rourke
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No more War on Drugs—a rational, cheap and compassionate response to narco violence in Mexico and U.S.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-933693-94-0
13-digit ISBN9781933693941
Page Count144
Product Dimensions5 x 7 x 1/2
Publication DateJuly 10, 2011
RightsAll Rights Available
The War on Drugs doesn’t work. This became obvious to El Paso City Representatives Susie Byrd and Beto O’Rourke when they started to ask questions about why El Paso’s sister city Ciudad Juárez has become the deadliest city in the world—8,000-plus deaths since January 1, 2008. Byrd and O’Rourke soon realized American drug use and United States' failed War on Drugs are at the core of problem. In Dealing Death and Drugs—a book written for the general reader—they explore the costs and consequences of marijuana prohibition. They argue that marijuana prohibition has created a black market so profitable that drug kingpins are billionaires and drug control doesn’t stand a chance. Using Juárez as their focus, they describe the business model of drug trafficking and explain why this illicit system has led to the never-ending slaughter of human beings. Their position: the only rational alternative to the War on Drugs is to end to the current prohibition on marijuana.

"If Washington won’t do anything different, if Mexico City won’t do anything different, then it is up to us — the citizens of the border who understand the futility and tragedy of this current policy first hand — to lead the way." — from the Afterword

Watch the Freethought radio interview with Susie Byrd here.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Dealing Death and Drugs will be donated to Centro Santa Catalina, a faith-based community in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, founded in 1996 by Dominican Sisters for the spiritual, educational and economic empowerment of economically poor women and for the welfare of their families.

Beto O'Rourke is a fourth-generation El Pasoan and businessman. In May 2012, Beto won the Democratic nomination for El Paso's seat in the U.S. Congress. He recently completed his second term on the El Paso City Council and continues to run Stanton Street Technology Group, the web-development company that he co-founded. He lives with his wife and children in El Paso’s Sunset Heights neighborhood, just a few blocks from the international border.

Susie Byrd is serving her second term on the El Paso City Council. Before running for City Council, she served as a top aide to Mayor Ray Caballero. She is the former sales director of Cinco Puntos Press and co-edited The Late Great Mexican Border: Reports from a Disappearing Line (Cinco Puntos Press, 1996). She lives with her husband and children in El Paso’s Manhattan Heights neighborhood, about a mile north of the international border.
The Texas Observer
“A levelheaded, analytical exploration of why the drug war isn’t working, and how the regulated legalization of marijuana could help stem a hemorrhage of blood and money… Dealing Death and Drugs almost overwhelms with statistics, but it kind of has to.”
- David Duhr, July 1, 2012  Visit Website
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San Antonio Current
"It makes sense that those with a truly front row seat to the destruction of the Drug War would give birth to a treatise on marijuana legalization … It's a message that is sure to resonate with others if this tract can gain public notice beyond the reaches of the border, where residents are already intimately acquainted with the price of prohibition."
- Greg Harman, February 15, 2012  Visit Website
El Paso Times
"...a highly readable political manifesto for a more reasoned and enlightened drug policy...O'Rourke and Byrd are to be commended for courageously and intelligently broaching and suggesting concrete policy changes concerning controversial issues upon which the future of El Paso, Juárez and other U.S.-Mexican border communities depend."
- November 6, 2011 
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