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Mexico Worried About Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in California
And it's not the economy, black market or legit, that is the issue, it appears. Pressured for decades by the U.S. to curb the drug and other narcotics coming over the border, Mexico has become strict on drug operations and officials are saying medical marijuana in 14 states (New York could be the 15th) and the possibility of Californians decriminalizing marijuana at the ballot box next November is "worrisome" and "complicates in a grave way" their efforts in the drug war, according to the Miami Herald.
"It is inevitable that if this occurs in California, a neighboring state that is so important to us, that there will be repercussions here," Lorenzo Meyer Cossio, a Mexican historian and commentator, told the paper. He says President Felipe Calderon "feels offended" by lax laws popping up across the U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't believe that's the case and Stephen Gutwillig of the Drug Policy Alliance noted "any sort of authorized regulated market for marijuana in the United States cannot be good for the bottom line of criminal cartels."
LA Weekly agreed, if not with some sass. "Well EXCUUUSE us! We have a little news for Senor Calderon: Mexico invented marijuana! (Well, not really, but almost). If it weren't for pot, American teens everywhere would not know how to pronounce the Spanish 'j' as an 'h.'"