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Marijuana Lip Service from South of the Border

April 14th, 2009 by Eric

Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer sat down with Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, to discuss the seemingly chaotic current state of Mexico.

Most of Sarukhan’s comments were centered around the violence, specifically in border towns, and the war with drug cartels.

When asked what the U.S could do to help support Mexico, he said:

We need the support of the United States to shut down the flow of weapons and bulk cash.

Towards the end of the short CBS interview, he was asked about marijuana. Schieffer asked:

Mr. Ambassador, what if marijuana were legalized? Would that change this situation?

The way the Ambassador dodges this question is something to be marveled at. Clearly Arturo Sarukhan is in the right profession.

He said:

This is a very divisive issue. There are proponents and opponents on both sides of the border. I think that those who would suggest that some of these measures be looked at understand the dynamics of the drug trade — that you have to bring demand down and the one way you can do it is by moving that direction. But there are many others who believe that by doing this you would only fan the flames. This is a debate that needs to be taken seriously, that we have to engage in on both sides of the border: both in producing, in trafficking, and in consumption countries.

So, to answer your question Mr. Schieffer, I will not answer it at all and instead, tell you that there are two opposing views and the discussion should be taken seriously. Silly me, I actually expected him to answer the question.

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