By "Radical" Russ Belville
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Felipe Calderon said he would consider a debate on legalizing drugs Tuesday as his government announced that more than 28,000 people have been killed in drug violence since he launched a crackdown against cartels in 2006.
Three former presidents — Cesar Gaviria of Colombia, Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Fernando Cardoso of Brazil — urged Latin American countries last year to consider legalizing marijuana to undermine a major source of income for cartels. And Mexico’s congress also has debated the issue.
But Calderon has long said he is opposed to the idea, and his office issued a statement hours after the meeting saying that while the president was open to debate on the issue, he remains “against the legalization of drugs.”
I don’t understand how you claim to want a debate on changing the status quo while stating you don’t want to change the status quo. If you’re wanting a debate, how can it be an honest dialog when you’ve made up your mind already? How is this any different than saying, “Oh, we’re still keeping drugs illegal, but we’ll let you all talk about legalization instead of just laughing it away.”
It’s not Mexico that needs to legalize marijuana, though I’d be happy for them if they did. That 60% of Mexican drug cartel income is not coming from Mexicans smoking brick weed, it’s coming from Americans, particularly those Americans in parts of the country that are more draconian in their war on marijuana.