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November 12, 2012

"Latin American leaders call for review of policy after 2 US states vote to legalize marijuana"

The title of this post is the headline of this new AP piece, which gets started this way:

A group of Latin American leaders declared Monday that votes by two U.S. states to legalize marijuana have important implications for efforts to quash drug smuggling, offering the first government reaction from a region increasingly frustrated with the U.S.-backed war on drugs.

The declaration by the leaders of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica did not explicitly say they were considering weakening their governments’ efforts against marijuana smuggling, but it strongly implied the votes last week in Colorado and Washington would make enforcement of marijuana bans more difficult.

The four called for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the Colorado and Washington votes and said the United Nations’ General Assembly should hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015 at the latest.

Last week, the most influential adviser to Mexico’s president-elect, who takes office Dec. 1, questioned how the country will enforce a ban on growing and smuggling a drug that is now legal under some U.S. state laws.  The Obama administration has yet to make clear how strongly it will enforce a federal ban on marijuana that is not affected by the Colorado and Washington votes.

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many people high-up in those governments benefit greatly from marijuana prohibition... in fact, some of them are among the biggest drug dealers in Latin America. They could care less about enforcement... they are scared on losing out on all that juicy drug war money and toys (like American-paid helicopters, guns, etc.).

Posted by: P.V. | Nov 15, 2012 1:40:11 PM

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