News » Marijuana Legalization Gaining Support in Mexico
August 11, 2010 by Aaron Turpen
As the War on Drugs continues to take its toll on Mexico, activists and even politicians are beginning to see legalization as the most practical way to deal with the war’s resulting problems. As drug cartels and gangs ravage Mexican cities and streets, activists such as law professor Alejandro Madrazo Lajous are fighting to get marijuana legalization passed nationally.
Madrazo is an attorney for the Collective for an Integral Policy on Drugs, which has support of many activist groups, academics, and politicians. He agrees with many activists and pundits who say that the change in attitude throughout Mexico is mainly due to the public’s frustration with the failing War on Drugs and changing generational attitudes towards drugs (particularly pot) in general.
With a drug war death toll of over 28,000 since 2006, it’s no wonder Mexicans are getting tired of the War on (some) Drugs. Even the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has said that while he personally doesn’t agree with the idea, it is time to publicly debate legalization for some of the softer drugs.
Looking towards their neighbors in the north, the people of Mexico see 14 of 50 states with some kind of marijuana legalization. Considering their neighbors, they also see that around 5% of their population are regular marijuana users (the numbers in the U.S. are double that).
Mexico’s House of Deputies is considering four proposals that range from full legalization to decriminalization while another is being considered in the Senate. Supporters run the political gamut as well, coming from all sides and positions. Former President Vincente Fox is also pushing for legalization, which must make his buddy G.W. Bush a little unhappy.
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