Photo: Former Mexican President Vicente Fox
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is once again advocating for a different approach to the raging drug cartel wars in his country: legalize drugs in the U.S. and Mexico.
Fox is eager to bring his message to American audiences since the U.S. is the largest consumer of the Mexican drug trade. He feels that the U.S. has as much at stake in the bloody drug wars as Mexico does.
He sees current President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown not working and coming at a high cost: 34,000 Mexicans dead, tourism threatened and a negative effect on trade and foreign investment.
When speaking of the U.S. role in the drug wars he is aware legalization is not a popular idea: “If they don’t support (legalization), why then they don’t (reduce consumption) of it? It’s their job, it’s their responsibility, and it’s not happening,” Fox said. “What I read everywhere is growth, growth, growth of consumption - in both sides, in Mexico and in United States.