Mexican Ambassador: US Should Take Marijuana Legalization Seriously

Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan joined CBS' Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation today to talk about the violence on Mexico's border resulting from the drug trade. Among other things, the senior diplomat told Schieffer that the U.S. should take the debate over marijuana legalization seriously.

"Those that suggest that some of these measures need to be looked at understand the dynamics of the drug trade; you have to bring demand down and one way to do it is to move in that direction [towards legalization]...There are many others who believe that doing this will just fan the flames," Sarukhan told Schieffer.

Some authorities close to the border violence are beginning to advocate for a legalization scenario. At the end of February, Terry Goddard, Arizona's Attorney General, said that while he's not in favor of legalizing marijuana, he thinks it should be debated as a way of curbing violence in the increasingly deadly clashes between Mexico's gangs. In addition, three former presidents of Latin America - Former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo - have all urged the United States and Latin American governments to move away from jailing drug users, to debate the legalization of marijuana, and to place more emphasis on the treatment of addicts.

"This is a debate that needs to be taken seriously, that we have to engage in on both sides of the border: both in producing, in trafficking, and in consumption countries," he said of the marijuana legalization debate.

Guns coming across the border into Mexico are also a matter of concern. The ambassador believes that "90% of the guns we are seizing in Mexico...are coming from the United States."

This video is from CBS' Face the Nation, broadcast Apr. 12, 2009.

- Article from Raw Story.

Comments

Legalize it

I think CANADA should join forces with MEXICO and squeeze that big pimple in the middle (USA). Pressure the USA to enter talks to Legalize Cannabis and Decriminalize all othe drug use.

What an idiotic statement...

What an idiotic statement...

Lol, i hope you don't

Lol, i hope you don't consider calling us a pimple offensive, because it doesn't begin to stack up to what a large portion of Americans think of Canada. To me it's all stupid bickering.

You're free to pressure our government as much as you'd like though. They don't listen to us, dunno why they would you.

what does USA think of us

that was an interesting statememnt i wish you would expand on that "what does the majority of Americans think of Canadians" ... you seam to be an authority.
I think the pimple the previous post is talking about was maybe a poor choice of analigies but does point to the fact the news article was refering something is going to pop ... i remember in high school in the 70's thinking what a cool place i'm going to grow up too i will beable to smoke pot when ever i want ... well we do grow up but still hide my weed and grow under bush's and dream there will be a better day and still wait for the old basterds in party to die off from old age

Legalization

California has the right idea. We should tax it and create a new industry similar to a brewry.

wtg canada! ur on the right

wtg canada! ur on the right side of the good fight!! like minded people for just laws n pay back to the haters of the people!! I LOVE YOU CANADA! BLOW 1 FOR ME I AM 4 YOU!! MUCH LOVE FROM TIERRA CALIENTE!! LEO

I'll tell you what most

I'll tell you what most Americans think of you f'in Canucks. You grow decent weed (not the best) that you flaunt at us as if to say "look what we can do and you CAN'T! HA HA!!!" when there are other countries that blow your weed away. Hell, California alone grows better dope that Canada. And that's just one state. You're high and mighty attitude about your piss poor country makes us sick and we're sick of hearing about how great you think you are. So shut up, smoke your beasters, and keep playing hockey, eh!

I apologize for my poor

I apologize for my poor spelling. I haven't had my morning coffee and joint yet. LOL.

Canada = America's Hat

Sorry for spelling all the

Sorry for spelling all the words right guess we have better public education hope you can read it

America = Canada's toilet

Canadian Pot

First off we are NOT f'in Canucks, Canucks is just fine and last time I checked I'm pretty sure there's not a bunch of Canadians hangin out on the border flaunting there bags and what do you mean "look what we can do and you can't?" it's almost as Illegal in Canada as it is there especially for growers so get a little knowledge before you open your whiny american mouth. Cali might have some better growers but we all know where the seeds came from and we all start with the same seeds not to mention the fact that everything about Marijuana was banned in Canada including books mags pipes bongs etc.until 1994, so yeah we've got a lil catchin up to do but in no time you'll be wishin for some tasty Canadian pot not that it matters cuz we're gonna legalize it worldwide 420!!!

Canada actually grows the

Canada actually grows the worlds most potent marijuana. Watch the fucking news you idiot.

dumbass...

The news is the LAST place to watch for anything you fucktard. THEY are the ones who say it's harmful (causes cancer etc) and give it a bad name. So saying canada has the best is another lie. California has the best case closed.

And before anyone mentions Amsterdam, the stuff in Amsterdam STARTED in California and moved there when Cali laws restricted it. Now that its back legal they moved back to cali, including the cannabis cup.

It's ok Canada. I'm sure your weed is at least better than the mexican brick weed... I hope...

dumbass...

The news is the LAST place to watch for anything you fucktard. THEY are the ones who say it's harmful (causes cancer etc) and give it a bad name. So saying canada has the best is another lie. California has the best case closed.

And before anyone mentions Amsterdam, the stuff in Amsterdam STARTED in California and moved there when Cali laws restricted it. Now that its back legal they moved back to cali, including the cannabis cup.

It's ok Canada. I'm sure your weed is at least better than the mexican brick weed... I hope...

You only see our decent weed not

You only see our decent weed cause we keep the good stuff for our own needs

bullshit

Here we dont even have decent. Everything is grade A+ top shelf and in RX bottles... it's called medicinal marijuana ;-)

The international drug laws

I agree with your comment completely. What needs to be overturned is the International Drug Laws pushed by the US. The international court could do it without the US bullying and demanding that marijuana be illegal.

proud to be canadian

america is all ego and very little substance
you might not beieve this but theres world class pot grown all over the world
america is one of the big stumbling blocks to pot legalization all over the world
I for one wish you would take your religious zealot government and boring plastic greedy culture and place it where the sun dont shine
to the good ones in america I apologise but you know you are run by assholes why do you vote these idiots in
they steal your money and lock you up if you try to exercise your so called freedom
way to be free man free to do time for smoking a joint
wake up you are all being conned on so many levels
at least canadians stand up and try to change unjust laws
thats because we live in reality not a magical ficticious american dream

lol

No... Canadian WEED has very little substance to it. And it's legal in 14 states (including Cali). We have Medicinal Marijuana here. Marijuana soo good it is actually used medically

Why don't you all take your

Why don't you all take your voice and use it to get marijuana legalized instead of bickering between each other.

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