Mexico President Says Pot Votes in US Leaves Washington With No ‘Moral Authority’ for Drug War

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country’s “moral authority” to ask other nations to combat or restrict illegal drug trafficking.

Calderon says the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado represents a fundamental change that requires the rethinking of public policy in the entire Western Hemisphere.

Calderon spoke in an interview with the newspaper Milenio that was published Tuesday.

Calderon was joined on Monday by leaders of Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica in calling for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the new laws and saying the United Nations’ General Assembly should hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015 at the latest.

– Read the entire article at The Washington Post.



  1. Anonymous on

    I agree with Mr. Adelante; however, scaremongering doesn’t move stubborn mules. Unfortunately, it takes cattle prods.

    Hopefully the much younger Peña-Nieto will apply some common sense to all this. It is a new generation–let the old one pass.

    I pray for Mexico.

    Craig Whitney

  2. Anonymous on

    Unfortunately, sovereignty doesn’t stop the US from taking military action. All that stands between Mexico and the US is a thin, imaginary line, a line that’s being crossed by drone fighters regularly already. It probably wouldn’t take much to have Felipe Calderon removed just like the last legitimate president of Honduras.

  3. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Sr. Calderon is leaving office soon. He’s a lame duck. Señor Peña-Nieto can decriminalize drugs in Mexico, and allow tax-paying tiendas like Dutch coffeeshops. Foreigners, tourists, will once again be allowed in Dutch coffeeshops. If the Latin American countries can get support from Spain, Italy, and Germany in the U.N. they can override any objections the Brits may have. Hopefully, they won’t have any objections to legalization.

    If you do some scaremongering and scare them by indicating legalizaion a key component to a U.S. economic, thus world, recovery, you might get the stubborn mules to move.

    Economic sanctions hurt a lot more to countries with smaller and/or dependent economies.

    Adelante, Enrique P-N.

  4. Anonymous on

    I don’t get it. Is Mexico a State or a Sovereign Nation? Why does he keep stancing as though he’s waiting from permission from Obama to do what he wants to do? Someone please inform Mexican President Felipe Calderon that he is head of his own country with the authority to do what is best for his own country.