Weary of drug war, Mexico debates legalization | Seattle Times Newspaper

MEXICO CITY — A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway violence and a deadly drug war.

The debate is only likely to grow more animated if Californians approve an initiative on Nov. 2 to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state.

Mexicans are keeping a close eye on the vote, seeing it as a bellwether.

“If they vote ‘yes’ to approve the full legalization of marijuana, I think it will have a radical impact in Mexico,” said Jorge Hernandez Tinajero, a political scientist at the National Autonomous University.

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  1. El Codo says:

    What if….?
    …legalized, taxed and regulated pot costs substantially more than dirt cheap mexican mota. I wonder how “faithful” users shall remain. The term bath tub gin comes to mind, as does cigarette smuggling, blue laws cheaters, illegal poker games and everything else that people desire and refuse to pay a premium for. Folks will drive across town to save a nickel a gallon on gasoline, wonder if they’ll stick with narco-pot if it retails at half the cost of legal pot.

  2. Esteban says:

    Mexican pot is cheap in Mexico. The price jumps ten fold when it’s brought across the border and that’s if you are buying in quantity. Besides, Mexicans don’t smoke weed. I should say not to the extent that those north of the border smoke it. In fact in Mexico, it’s usually the poor and destitute who smoke it; the street people. The value of legalizing it in Mexico is that the price may go up from what it costs in Mexico (from 30 us a pound to double like 60 a lb) but so what. It will still be nothing compared to what you’ll pay in the US. So, it will increase all those tourist dollars immensely when you go to the all inclusive resorts. Oh yea man, think of it, you enter your room and there in the center of the coffee table is a half pound of bud and your room costs you like 30 dollars more? It would increase the restaurant business, the bakeries would flourish not to speak of the beach vendors who would take advantage of tourists who couldn’t count their own change.
    It’s a win win for Mexico.

  3. alan armstrong says:

    As a Canadian, my take on the legalization issue is somewhat liberal compared with the overall ‘official’ attitude of our U.S. neighbors, and therein exhists the problem.
    The sheriff may smoke it, but heaven forbid, he’ll never admit it(out loud), and the machinery is geared-up, the prisons are under construction and there’s no stopping it now.
    Canada is not the D.E.A.’s best buddy.
    Hypocracy is the ememy.

  4. Esteban says:

    If it weren’t for the fact that the Federal Law will not allow California, Oregon and Washington to legalize pot, just imagine the possibilities. If Mexico legalized it and if the feds let go of their authority in those western states, you could hike the whole Pacific Crest Trail while smoking weed. Now that would make a cool reality show!

  5. alan armstrong says:

    As well meaning as people are, Mexico doesn’t have a drug problem.
    To blame ‘drugs’ for the problem is not at all realistic, or beneficial, in the big picture.
    If it wasn’t drugs, it would be ivory, diamonds, human cargo, stolen automobiles, slaves, exotic animals(and parts), knock-off cd’s, watches, restricted plants, …get the picture?
    Desperate people do desperate things.
    The Mexican farmer that can barely make ends meet growing corn, or beans, can hardly be blamed for changing to pot if his annual income increases tenfold, and he can go to sleep at night without hearing his surviving children’s hunger pains echo through-out the dirt-floored shanty.
    This is a global problem.
    Anywhere in the world where you have two economies living side by side, that are so brutally different, there exists a problem.
    Throw in a few dozen other irrefutable demographics to the brew and the unclouded mind just might be able to see a bit clearer.
    We are a global society, yet so many don’t see the big picture.
    Remember Lebanese and Morrocan hashish?
    Where do some of you think that comes from?
    Yes!Lebanon and Morroco!
    Europe has had to deal with these and other international issues for thousands of years.
    Let’s not pretend to really believe the problem is drugs. This attitude is not constructive.