Friday, March 26, 2010

Legal-Marijuana Advocates Focus on a New Green

It was interesting seeing this post on the violence in Juarez on legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana Juarez this morning in the NYTimes. It's supported by advocates as a measure to generate revenue for the state while allowing cities or local governments to opt out, Only those over 21 could buy it and smoking around minors or in public would not be allowed.

I didn't realize that marijuana was already legal in 14 states.

It would generate b/2 10 and 20 million dollars in revenue for California.

Subliminally, the combined message seems to convey that making marijuana legal would help reduce the violence in Mexico. Truth is, however, no explicit linkage is made. MJ advocates, among others, are aging baby boomers who seek its medicinal properties and who likely used it in the 60s and 70s.

We need a fuller public discussion of this, particularly if it could mean that for Mexico, the killings would end or subside once the profit margin is impacted. For now, I think they're parallel conversations.

The specific article on Juarez is titled, "Officers on Border team up to Quell Violence" and may be read here.


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