Washington Marijuana Law Creates Stir In Latin America!
Imagine the citizens of our little old state causing a big ‘issue’ with Central and Latin American leaders!
The leaders of Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico have called for a re-evaluation of their own drug-marijuana enforcement laws after Colorado and Washington legalized ‘recreational’ marijuana use.
They called for the Organization of American States (the group Latin and Central American countries belong to) to study the effects of legalization in the two U.S. states where the drug was approved, and called for the United Nations General Assembly to hold a special session on drug prohibition at least no later than 2015.
According to Fox News, the U.S. vote has created questions about these nation’s own drug policies:
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.
These leaders do make a very valid point. Mexico in particular, has seen tens of thousands of it’s own citizens killed over the last few years since the beginning of a military style government campaign against drug cartels, including those who grow and deal in marijuana. Now that two U.S. states have legalized the drug, and due to precedent there could be more to follow in coming elections, Central and Latin American leaders are left wondering the validity of their own drug wars on marijuana.
It’s worth noting that these wars were often “strongly suggested” and funded by the U.S., now two of our states legalize one of the drugs they (and we) have been fighting against- using our own tax dollars. That has created a very ironic situation.