They're different in several ways.
1) There's more money at stake(to be lost)
2) The cartels are 100 times more brazen.
3) The cartels are dealing narcotics not alcohol.(two different addictions)
The main difference is money. These cartels have billions to buy off government officials to get their way.
Okay, if you think gathering up these cartel families and sitting them down for a "narco power point" meeting is gonna wipe away greed, money, and power, then that's cool.
I would love to be in this narco exec meeting. I wanna see the look on the Zeta families face when Calderone informs them of how things are gonna be done in Mexico. These cartels seem like such reasonable business men, so why wouldn't it go over well!
Legalizing drugs would only fuel a full scale war. The Mexican government against every narco terrorist from Tijuana to Colombia.