Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Why is it that when talking about the “problem of drugs” we are quick to point the finger at those “evil drug traffickers” of the notorious Comando Vermelho (Red Command), Terceiro Comando (Third Command) and Amigos dos Amigos (Friends of Friends) and assume that by “dealing” with them we will resolve Rio’s (in)security dilemma?

This is not an argument for or against the legalization of maconha (marijuana) – which in and of itself would solve absolutely nothing – but a call for an alternative . . .

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