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Marijuana Legalization Victories Are Already Ripping The Drug War Apart

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Of all the fascinating reactions I've seen to Colorado and Washington's successful marijuana legalization initiatives, this is by far the most extraordinary.


MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country’s “moral authority” to ask other nations to combat or restrict illegal drug trafficking.


Calderon says the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado represents a fundamental change that requires the rethinking of public policy in the entire Western Hemisphere. [Washington Post]


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yeah, a some weeks before the election, he said he was still against legalization/decrim.




President Felipe Calderon is “against the legalization of drugs” in Mexico but does not oppose debating the issue, the Office of the President said.


that was during the big summit on the drug war in latin americas.


mexico is a really messed up place. i think the mexican government + military is being ran by the CIA.

theres not much other reason mexico would be fighting and losing the drug war like this.

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screw him ,, he followed the drug war nuts and look what happened to his country

Like the rest of US, he didn't have much choice... It certainly will be a point of contention in future Foreign Policy decisions...


a little more on other concerned parties:




Six days after the referendum held in Colorado and Washington (USA), by which those states have legalized the production and trade of marijuana, the leaders of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico have sued the international community to review its drug policy implications for countries suffering the violence of drug cartels.

"It is necessary to analyze in depth the social implications of public policy and general health that arise for our nations, of the ongoing processes in the local and state level in some countries of our continent, to enable the production, consumption and distribution legal marijuana, which constitutes a paradigm shift on the part of those entities, regarding the current international regime ", said on behalf of his colleagues, President Felipe Calderon, who was the official residence of Los Pinos to Dean Barrow, Prime Minister Belize, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, President of Costa Rica, and Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of Honduras.

The manifesto of the Central American leaders, which also included Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, invited to the meeting but unable to attend due to the situation resulting from earthquakes in the last week, is called Declaration on Strengthening Cooperation Against Transnational Organized Crime.

In his proclamation, the leaders also requested the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) to submit as soon as the results of Study Drug Hemispheric, and that incorporates an analysis of the impact "in our countries of new policies "such as Colorado and Washington. Furthermore, the leaders endorsed the proposal that the United Nations General Assembly held no later than 2015 a special session "in order to assess the achievements and limitations of current policies to address the world drug problem. In particular, the violence generated by the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs around the world. "

The leaders described a drug-related crime as "the most serious threat currently facing the states and societies of our region, especially by violence that it uses to carry out their criminal activities, represent a serious public health problem , as well as problems with economic growth and development, security, democratic institutions of our towns and coexistence between our nations. "

In parallel with the U.S. presidential election last Tuesday, voters in Colorado and Washington carried permissiveness beyond anything seen today concerning marijuana. In the U.S., 17 states and the District of Columbia had approved its "medical" use , but after this referendum the stage has opened to fully legalize the production, marketing and consumption.

Since November last year, Presidents Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Perez Molina of Guatemala, and even in Mexico, wrapped in a spiral of violence that has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people, have spoken in favor of revising the "drug war" model . The so-called leaders have ranged from the claim of Calderon, who participate in the UN General Assembly in September called for a review of the "prohibitionist" model opposed to the proposal made by Santos Perez Molina to discuss the legalization of certain substances.



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Like the rest of US, he didn't have much choice...


the leaders endorsed the proposal that the United Nations General Assembly held no later than 2015


the president of mexico has no choice? wtf?


2015? yeah, i'm not going to hold my breath for another meeting.

thousands more will die before 2015. more than died on 9/11.


its good that they are talking about it tho.

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Those countries are probably looking to get on the bandwagon of production. There would still be a lot of money involved in domestic production for export.


I can see the advertising now: "From the Land that brought you Acapulco Gold, Panama Red,and Michoacan comes...(insert favorite strain).


When they figure out how to make fuel from it, they will be able to produce nearly instantly.

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