MEXICO: Two Mexican legislators say they’re sick of cramming their jails full of pot smokers.
Few countries have suffered the consequences of the U.S.-led war on drugs more than Mexico. As the principal supplier of marijuana to the United States, as well as a major transit country for cocaine and other hard drugs, Mexico has seen organized crime flourish within its borders. According to some estimates, as many as 80,000 Mexicans have died since former President Felipe Calderón launched a frontal assault on the country’s drug cartels in 2006, and Mexico has seen its prison population nearly double since the 1990s, largely from prosecuting drug crimes.
To change this, Sen. Mario Delgado and Mexico City Councilman Vidal Llerenas, both from the left-wing Revolutionary Democratic Party, have proposed complementary federal and local legislation to decriminalize weed in Mexico.
“Why is it that Mexico has to keep filling up with dead bodies and addicts, when in the United States the drug is becoming legal?” Delgado said in an interview with The Huffington Post.