Mexico in talks with US government to decriminalize all drugs
A country south of the United States has seriously taken on improving the living conditions of its citizens. One of these steps was the future reform in the field of drug trafficking and the complete decriminalization of both “soft” drugs, such as marijuana, and “hard” ones.
To date, all of Mexico is absorbed in a comprehensive war against drug cartels, but for decades, this struggle has not yielded results. Therefore, the current president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), announced his intention to legitimize drug trafficking, for the sake of the country's health system.
AMLO also wants to negotiate with the US government about the possibility of introducing a similar solution in their country. Currently, the southern border, under the protection of the customs service, cannot cope with drug trafficking and tens of thousands of tons of narcotic substances are smuggled into the United States annually.
The president of Mexico also intends to bring this issue to the world stage.
"This should be pursued in a negotiated manner, both in the bilateral relationship with the United States and in the multilateral sphere, within the [United Nations] U.N.," said Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
According to official information, an ever-increasing crime rate due to drugs entails thousands of losses among residents of Mexico and the United States. Over the past two years alone, over 150,000 people have died from overdose in the United States and more than 20 percent of prisoners are serving sentences for drug-related crimes.
Many politicians have already supported the reform of the current president of Mexico and intend to promote such a decision in the United States. Ain the midst of laws permitting marijuana and the Denver Mushroom Act, American politicians are about to move on. Perhaps such actions intend to fill the budget by taxing all illegal drug trafficking groups in the United States.
"Mexico's president is rightly identifying one of the major drivers of violence and corruption in his country: the prohibition of drugs," Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno.
Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project considers this policy “like a public health matter than a criminal justice issue”.
"Governments are increasingly finding they can neither justify nor afford maintaining the war on drugs," Hawkins pointed out in accordance to Newsweek. "Leaders are looking for exit strategies, as we are now seeing in Mexico."