Mexico should legalize the export of marijuana after voters in two U.S. states opted to allow possession and sale of the drug for recreational use, an ally of incoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
Cesar Duarte, governor of Chihuahua, one of the Mexican states worst hit by drugs violence, said the decision on Tuesday by voters in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington offered a “very clear” hint for Mexico on how to approach marijuana.
“It seems to me that we should move to authorize exports,” Duarte told Reuters in an interview. “We would therefore propose organizing production for export, and with it no longer being illegal, we would have control over a business which today is run by criminals. And which finances criminals.”
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Some great humour in this essay:
Judging from recent history, any young person who aspires to be president should be aware that certain attributes seem to be critical. You have to be male. You have to have an Ivy League degree. You have to have been a governor or senator. And, don’t forget, you have to have smoked marijuana.
That is something all the presidents in the past 20 years have in common. Bill Clinton admitted it, while claiming he didn’t inhale. George W. Bush refused to deny getting stoned, saying, “When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible.”
Barack Obama said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point.” Presumably, Mitt Romney never did, and who knows? Maybe he’d be ahead in the polls if he had — though, he might note, it’s never too late.
Logicians will quarrel with my reasoning, arguing that drug use did not propel these men to high office. That’s true. But it obviously didn’t hinder them.
Young people should realize that, despite the example of Obama and his predecessors, smoking pot doesn’t mean you’ll grow up to be president. But be warned: It is one of the risks you take.
My thoughts on the subject (in general, not just Colorado) in more detail here.
In 2004 George W. Bush’s re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls. This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures will turn out young voters for Obama.