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Mexico’s Tourism Secretary Floats Idea of Legalizing Cannabis at Resorts

January 26, 2018
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s tourism secretary has suggested that legalizing cannabis could help reduce drug violence at big tourist resorts. He’s also racing to dampen controversy over the statement, saying he wasn’t speaking in an official capacity.

Enrique de la Madrid said Thursday that marijuana should be legalized in tourist resorts, to diminish drug violence.

He mentioned the state of Baja California Sur, which home to the twin resorts of Los Cabos and the state with Mexico’s second-highest murder rate, at 69 per 100,000 inhabitants. He also mentioned Quintana Roo, where the resort of Cancun is located.

However, late Thursday, De la Madrid issued a Tweet saying “I want to emphatically say that my opinion on legalizing marijuana was a personal comment.”

I want to be emphatic that my opinion on the legalization of marijuana is a personal reflection, based on the analysis and study of the subject for many years. I am convinced that we must discuss it, as part of the solution to the violence and insecurity in Mexico.

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  • James crow

    Smart move, that put drug dealers of Marijuana out business and cut down on crime.

  • Larry342516

    Stupid ideal, giving in to the criminals will not help cut down crime. It will only make the drug dealers more wealthy, and they will try to take over the government. What government that is still remaining. Their government can not control them now so what makes them think it will get better? Stupid ideal.

    • James crow

      Smart move, I was saying legalize cannabis and take it out of the hands of drug dealers, make it legal for all to buy.