The message to the US from Latin America is simple: Practice what you preach.
Mexican President Felipe Calderón 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.
Calderón 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.
Calderón spoke in an interview with the newspaper Milenio that was published Tuesday.
Calderón 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.
The president will end his term in office on December 1st. Calderón has been one of the most vocal opponents of the legalization or decriminalization of drugs as an alternative to fighting the war on drugs head on, since he began the offensive against the drug cartels in 2006, which has no entirely stopped violence that has left thousands dead.
However, in the last few months the president has said that countries should revisit their anti-drug policies. Calderón has remained vocal on the subject even making it a key theme of his last speech in front of the United Nations general assembly where he asked drug consumer nations to put more emphasis on fighting narco-trafficing or analyze other possible solutions as alternatives.
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