Photo: Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, has changed his stance against drugs to one in favor of the legalization of all drugs.
While in office, Fox was a fierce opponent of Mexico’s drug, once claiming that he would wage the “mother of all battles” again drug kingpins. However, the violent fall out that has occurred since the government began attacking those in charge of the illegal drug trade has caused Fox to change his opinion on this topic.
Although Fox is most specific about the legalization of marijuana, he claims that the principal of legality should be applied to all illegal drugs, claiming, “Prohibition didn’t work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apples.”
Fox states that the control of production should be taken away from the criminals and given to the government. “We have to take all the production chain out of the hands of criminals and into the hands of producers – so there are farmers that produce marijuana and manufacturers that process it and distributors that distribute it, and shops that sell it,” Fox said, adding, “I don’t want to say that legalizing means that drugs are good. They are not good but bad for your health and you shouldn’t take them. But ultimately, this responsibility is with citizens.”
Fox is not the first former President to question the effectiveness of the war on drugs either. In 2009, Ernesto Zedillo (former president of Mexico), Cesar Gaviria (former Colombian President), and Fernando Cardoso (former Brazilian President) all released statements saying that the war on drugs had been failure. Yet every single one of these men made these statements upon the exit from office due to the fact that coming out for the legalization of drugs is known as a foolproof way to lose votes. However, Fox claims that his stance changed after the very nature of the situation changed and the extinction of illegal drugs has proved to be far to expensive for the people of Mexico.
“When I was in government, things were not as bad as they are now. There is a growing cost in not resolving this problem, in not finding a form of truce, a way to avoid the brutal violence that is hurting Mexico. The cost is growing exponentially,” said Fox, going on to point out that this expensive war was going on to lose business for Mexican revenue.