For Ebrard, the Colombian proposal to legalize some drugs is “very sensible”


the secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubondescribed this Friday as “very sensible” the proposal of the Colombian president, Gustavo Petroof a comprehensive approach to drug legalizationwhile criticizing the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a “permanent disrupter” of relations between Washington and the Mexican government.

“Petro what he says is an argument very good, very sensible”, affirmed Ebrard in a conversation with the North American journalist Jon Lee Anderson, within the framework of the Dromofest journalism festival, held in Mexico City.

The proposal of the Colombian president during his participation in the United Nations General Assembly of last month generated a great resonance in the region, where a large part of the world’s drug production is concentrated, in addition to suffering from the crisis of violence due to disputes in the transfer of drugs.

The Mexican foreign minister, who aspires to become Morena’s “corcholata” (candidate) to fight for the presidency of Mexico in the 2024 elections, remarked that “with the war on drugs consumption has not been reduced and will not be reduced”.


“The tendency that is seen is to dismantle the thesis of the former US president Richard Nixon, that organized the fight against drugs and approach the issue of consumption as a health problem”, said Ebrard Casaubón.

He also gave as an example that in recent years several countries, including The United States and Canada have approved measures to legalize the consumption of marijuana.something that he considered “a correct trend”.

For the holder of the SRE, the war on drugs It has also been a major problem in Mexico’s relations with the US, which, in his opinion, should be based “on an architecture that seeks to reduce uncertainty and unilateral measures.”

However, he regretted that actors such as the DEA, the US Drug Enforcement Agency, be a “permanent disrupter” of relations between the two countries.

Mexico will host in December the North American Summitin which the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet your counterpart American Joe Bidenand the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, whose central axes will be migration, security, drug trafficking and economy.

Tuesday photo of US Presidents Joe Biden and Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Oval Office of the White House Jul 12, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Tuesday photo of US Presidents Joe Biden and Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Oval Office of the White House Jul 12, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

On October 18, President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, held a phone call to address the migration crisis on the border between the two countries, but they also expressed concern about the growing traffic in fentanyl, a synthetic drug with lethal effects, much higher than the risk of cocaine and heroin consumption.

Through a statement, the US government indicated that Biden and Lopez Obrador They discussed how to reduce the number of people crossing the border illegally, as well as expanding alternative pathways to irregular migration.

In addition, they discussed issues of security cooperation, including joint efforts to combat drug trafficking fentanyl and new legal tools to prosecute traffickers, as well as its commitment to economic cooperation.

The production of synthetic drugs is a booming business in Mexico, where new drugs such as methamphetamine and fentanylappeared as a real challenge for the authorities.

Currently the state of Sinaloa is considered the ground zero for the mass production of this type of drug.

In a period of eight years, between 2013 and 2020, the demand for treatment to address methamphetamine addiction problems increased 218%, according to figures from the Mexican Observatory of Mental Health and Psychoactive Substance Use.

Sinaloa, in that same period, was considered one of the 12 states of the republic with the greatest problems in the consumption of methamphetamine (crystal). A dose is sold on the streets of Sinaloa for approximately 50 pesos, ssituation that is repeated in Tijuana, Baja California


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