Mexico City Mayor Calls U.S. Drug Policy "Schizophrenic"

 As Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard pointed out, the United States and Mexico are clearly tied when it comes to the black market for drugs, but this relationship is not reflected in policy. 

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says that if elected president he would remove his nation's military forces from the fight against violent drug cartels and seek a dialogue with policymakers in the United States over narcotics laws in both countries, which he called "schizophrenic."

"If the United States is legalizing marijuana and we're over here killing ourselves on the street over marijuana, that does not make sense," Ebrard said Tuesday, referring to U.S. states, such as  California, that have sought to decriminalize the sale and use of cannabis.

In Mexico, Ebrard noted, drug consumption is legal in small amounts, while production and distribution is not.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war since the conservative President Felipe Calderon sent the armed forces to battle the cartels in late 2006. But his government, in 2009, also proposed the law decriminalizing drug use.

"The law is very confusing and very inefficient," Ebrard said. "We need to have a common policy with the United States, because if not, we have a schizophrenic scheme that is very costly for Mexico."

Unfortunately, attacking the problem from a logical perspective that considers American consumers' relationship with Mexican manufacturers' does not often stretch beyond tighter border controls. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at November 9, 2011, 10:45am

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