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Could MX influence drug policy change?

Former Colombian president thinks Mexico is in a strong position to bring it about

In the wake of the decision by the Supreme Court to open the door to the legalization of marijuana, the Mexican government has shown an openness towards the issue, says former Colombian president César Gaviria, and should consider demanding a change of drug policy in the United States.

The chairman of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), Gaviria believes Mexico is in a strong position to demand a policy change during the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS).

On a recent visit to Mexico, the Colombian politician and Ruth Dreifuss, former Swiss president and also a member of the GCDP, held meetings with Mexican authorities, including Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and Attorney General Arely Gómez. Even then, the GCDP representatives noted an openness on the part of Mexico to debate drug regulation.

“President Peña Nieto will be in attendance [at UNGASS 2016] and should assume a leadership role, as we’re expecting, because this country has the moral authority with tens of thousands of deaths behind it. [Mexico] has the right to tell the international community what it has to do to keep this issue from growing, to stop the threat of more decades of violence,” said Gaviria in an interview for Milenio TV.

He believes that state controls on certain substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, are effective but any kind of prohibition is doomed to fail and only contributes to crime and corruption.

Dreifuss feels the Supreme Court’s decision should compel the Mexican government to “propose concrete solutions,” even if the strongest reaction in the country towards the issue of drug consumption and trafficking is still “one of violent confrontation and resistance to drug cartels.”

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is an assembly of 22 world leaders and intellectuals that seeks to direct and guide the international discussion on drugs, prioritizing the analysis of scientific data and the pursuit of effective solutions to ameliorate the damage that drugs cause among individuals and their societies.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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