Mexican Congress Debating Legalizing Marijuana
For the next three days, the Mexican Congress is debating the pros and cons of legalizing Marijuana. Although the debate is not expected to end with action, the discourse indicates that world opinion is turning against prohibitive drug laws. In February, Cesar Gaviria of Colombia, Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Fernando Cardoso of Brazil, each former presidents of their countries, urged Latin America, in the face of rising drug related violence, to consider legalizing the herb.
In 2006, under pressure from the Bush Administration, Mexico pulled back from a policy that would have made those in possession of small amounts of marijuana not liable for prison time. How will the Obama Administration react to this discussion? Obama is scheduled to be in Mexico right after the talks.
Portugal has already decriminalized the possession of marijuana. The writing is on the wall. It is only a matter of time before other countries do the same. One on California’s doorstep such as Mexico will radically change the financial dynamics of Humboldt’s underground economy. Legalization is coming. This county needs to prepare for the financial disaster that could occur if we don’t have steps in place to minimize the damage and maximize our potential.