Mexico’s reputation for being consumed with drugs and violence isn’t going away, not anytime soon. In fact, statistics show that things are only getting worse. The Guardian reports that homicides in Mexico have increased by 16 percent and is approaching the same level as other notable violent countries such as Brazil and Colombia. So it makes sense that Mexico’s incoming administration is considering taking drastic measures in order to bring peace to the country.
Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrado will reportedly consider the legalization of drugs.
El País reports that incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero has been given a green light by Mexico’s new president into figuring out how Mexico can address their drug cartels.
On July 17, Sanchez Cordero said that López Obrado told her to do “whatever is necessary to restore peace in this country,” according to El País.
Olga Sanchez Cordero — who previously served in the Supreme Court — said that the new president understood her ideas regarding the legalization of drugs when he appointed her to be part of his cabinet.
“He knew perfectly well about my lectures and my articles in the press about the decriminalization of drugs,” Cordero said at the conference. “On the subject of decriminalizing drugs, Andres Manuel told me, and I quote: ‘Carte blanche…. Let’s open up the debate.'”
The White House said they would not support the legalization of drugs anywhere.
During a White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked what President Trump thought about the idea of Mexico legalizing drugs.
“I don’t have a specific policy announcement on that front,” Sanders said. She added: “However, I can say that we would not support the legalization of all drugs anywhere and certainly wouldn’t want to do anything that would allow more drugs to come into this country.”