Market Date:27 May, 2020

Legalization of drugs would be the best way to fight cartels, former Mexican president states

Legalizing drugs is the perfect method to fight cartels, according to Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico.

Mexico’s Senate is expected to vote in favour of a bill to curtail the recreational use of marijuana at the forthcoming days, in an attempt to ward off a black economy controlled by violent gangs.

Many Mexican Senate committees tabled draft legislation Thursday to create the industrial production and sale of marijuana legal, enlarging to a Supreme Court decision last year that deemed the nation’s ban on private cannabis intake and farming unconstitutional. Present President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to be critical of Mexico’s protracted drug warfare and implied willingness to some other strategy.

Since leaving office in overdue 2006, Fox continues to be a vocal advocate for the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana, and last year joined the board of Canadian cannabis firm Khiron Life Sciences.

Talking to CNBC at London a week, Fox pointed to Colombia, portions of the U.S. and Canada as examples where relaxing the government position on private recreational drug use had yielded promising results.

“Watching that example, we see that in a natural way, the old illegal underground activities start to disappear by themselves, because now they don’t have a market. The market is taken by the new situation — the new products, the new corporations being provided,” he explained.

“If you go to Washington state, or Seattle, you see today that many of the old places that we used to look that were underground providing product to consumers, now they have formed part of the new industry that is legal. Now, instead of committing crimes by distributing drugs, now they do it as a businessman.”

Fox added for these alterations to operate, it’s necessary that the government doesn’t go after vendors for previous illegalities and instead empower them to legitimize their operations rather than being made to grow to other criminal pursuits.

where Mexican cartels depended heavily on illegal marijuana trade, additional Latin American nations including Colombia could profit from the legalization and regulation of harder drugs, such as alcoholism, he proposed. Fox projected that over five decades, tougher drugs will start to be legalized for medical and private recreational use throughout Latin America.

Opponents of marijuana legalization claim that it functions as a gateway to addictive drugs, could raise the amount of automobile accidents concerning marijuana usage and might promote recreational use.

Fox indicated that as well as providing a means out for non-violent manufacturers, consumers stood to gain from marijuana getting a part of a recognized legal and medical frame. He contended that legalization and supplying advice to physicians may permit them to play a part in supplying guidance on moderating intake, reducing any broader health danger from recreational usage.

“Now they don’t have to buy from the black market — they can go to a dispensary or a pharmacy and get the products they want, with the additional plus that now they have the assistance of a doctor, who is going to help them consume in moderation, with knowledge and avoiding affecting their own health. Every product in this world that moves from illegal to accepted changes the total picture,” he explained.