Mexican Authorities Vow to Continue Anti-Drug Policy, Regardless of California Referendum

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Officials in Mexico have announced that they will continue their current counter-narcotic strategy, regardless of the status of California’s Proposition 19, the amendment that would legalize the use and production of marijuana statewide, the Mexican daily Excelsior reported.

The current strategy “will have to continue forward, independently of what happens with the vote taking place in California,” said Alejandro Poiré, government spokesperson on national security. According to online news source the Latin American Dispatch, the presidents of Mexico, Colombia and leaders throughout Central America have signaled that the possible legalization of marijuana in California defies the “global strategy against drugs.”  In previous statements, Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared that the passage of Proposition 19 would represent “a grave predicament” to law enforcement officials in his country. This statement represents a blow to drug legalization advocates, who argue that legalizing marijuana would decrease levels of violence across the region.

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