What we have now is a system. There are addicts. They won't work so they commit crimes. Rob people, commit burglary, strip copper out of vacant buildings, whatever they can do to get the money for their drugs. There is so much of this crime that if your house or car is broken into, all the police do is give you a report for the insurance claim.
This results in high insurance rates, unsafe neighborhoods, homelessness, and as you mention, cartels and drug gangs and all the evil associated therein. It also costs for the prisons, the police, and the courts that are all the big beneficiaries of this whole process. We pay for that, too. It's called taxes.
Nothing we have done and nothing practical that we could do is going to even put a dent in it. This war is as lost as Hitler's war was when he and Eva retired to the bunker.
Nope, I want to legalize it all the way to the coca and poppy fields. And give it away. You can not undercut my price. It's free. Just line up and we'll give it to you. No need to rob, to commit property crime, that's too much like work. Here, take it.
No need to arrest anyone, no drug courts, no one going to jail for the crimes committed to get the drug, the crime of possessing or selling, or the violence associated with protecting
The attacks on the 4th and 6th Amendment? The militarization of the police? The fact that we incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than any other country in world? No need.
The terrible part of this is people are going to use till they die. Like those lab rats that keep hitting that lever. But that's happening now. Just like alcohol, we are going to have accept we can't fix it for individuals that are going to use, we have to try to save what we can of the society.