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Vicente Fox (Mexican Prez) Says Legalize It

Okay, so he’s the former President of Mexico, but, in theory, this should lend him more weight, seeing as he was a full supporter of America’s War on Drugs during his tenure (2000-2006).

Now, though, he is at a conference where Harvard’s Dean of Public Health, a former Microsoft executive, and a Mexican Congressman are attending to discuss legalization and regulation of marijuana in America and Mexico.

The choicest cuts of meat are:

“The cost of the war is becoming unbearable – too high for Mexico, for Latin America and for the rest of the world,” Fox said in English.

Every day, he said, 40 young people are killed in drug-related violence.

Fox’s position on legalizing drugs has evolved over time since the days when he cooperated with U.S. efforts to tamp down production in Mexico during his 2000-2006 presidential term. He has been increasingly vocal in his opposition to current policies, backing two prior efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico.

Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has opposed legalization. But he recently said that he would consider world opinion on the matter, particularly in light of recent voter-approved initiatives to legalize marijuana in Washington state and Colorado for recreational use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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