CALIFORNIA: As the Obama administration’s war on weed continues to eliminate jobs and shutter businesses, and the global war on drugs continues to take countless lives, a number of unexpected political leaders have begun to fight back.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox met with cannabis advocates in San Francisco on Monday to announce the formation of an international partnership dedicated to decriminalizing and regulating pot. Fox has emerged as one of the most prominent voices pushing for marijuana legalization, publicly stating that he would grow the plant himself if he could.
“The cost of the war is becoming unbearable,” Fox said during a press conference announcing the alliance, noting that each day, 40 young people are killed in Mexico due to drug-related violence.
Fox, along with entrepreneur Jamen Shivley and dispensary owner Steve DeAngelo, met for three hours Monday morning to map out a plan of action. Their discussion will continue during a three-day summit in Mexico later this month, where they will be joined by global leaders including the dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health and a Mexican congressman.