Ex-Mexican president: U.S. must legalize drugs
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is correctly calling for the U.S. to end the war on drugs, which is killing his country, by legalizing them. Here he is in San Antonio:
"As a country, we are going through problems due to the fact that the United States consumes too many drugs," Fox, who served as Mexico's president from 2000-2006, told reporters Monday night before a speech at the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio.
"I would recommend to legalize, de-penalize all drugs," Fox added.
Here he is in Houston:
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said in Houston on Tuesday that the United States should legalize drugs to end the violence in Mexico.
During a speech at the University of Houston, Fox noted that Mexico is located between drug-producing nations in South America and the world's largest drug-consuming nation, the United States.
"We just happen to be in between," Fox said.
In the last few years, drug cartel violence has tarnished Mexico's image — hurting tourism and foreign direct investment, he said.
"We're paying a huge price," Fox told the audience of mostly students, who applauded his suggestion that the United States decriminalize drug consumption to reduce violence — as occurred when the U.S. repealed alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s.