Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon is calling for an end to the drug war.
But President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto has a different view. But a critical piece of the drug debate south of the border is now the legalization of marijuana in two states here.
What does it mean to Americans? Since most of the drugs imported into America funnel through Mexico, it’s quite a big deal.
But would legalizing drugs there end cartel activity? Would legalizing drugs here stop the flow of drugs in from Mexico, if we had legalized marijuana growth?
Millions of Americans are obsessed with marijuana, pot, weed, chronic, herb, 420.
Whatever you want to call it, millions of teens are also obsessed with it. They can’t wait to get home from school to smoke it, if they haven’t smoked it during school.
As the nation waits to see the ramifications of the new measures in Washington and Colorado that legalized marijuana, people ponder if the floodgates will open in other states.
If those two states see a boost in the budget, you can bet cash-strapped states will follow suit.
Why should we care if it is legalized if we don’t smoke? It could be because kids will have more access to it.
Kids can easily get their hands on alcohol. All it takes is an older sibling or friend. Kids attend parties already where massive liquor supplies exist.
Why would it be any different with weed?
Studies conflict whether marijuana is the gateway drug, alcohol is a gateway drug, both are, or neither are.
But one has been shown concretely is that marijuana use can damage a teen’s brain, when use is started at an early age, and continued through adulthood.
It may one day be the right thing for adults to try and use responsibly, but legal or not, marijuana is not a drug that should be abused as often as it is by children.