Former President Vicente Fox joins a growing number calling for the legalization of drugs in Mexico. “We should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs,” wrote Fox, who was president from 2000 to 2006 and is a member of Calderon’s conservative National Action Party. “Radical prohibition strategies have never worked.”
“Legalizing in this sense does not mean drugs are good and don’t harm those who consume them,” he wrote. “Rather we should look at it as a strategy to strike at and break the economic structure that allows gangs to generate huge profits in their trade, which feeds corruption and increases their areas of power.”
These comments come less than a week after President Calderon opened the door to discussions about the legalization of drugs although he reiterated his opposition to the idea.
Mexico already has some of the world’s most lenient laws for drug users. Jail time has been eliminated for carrying small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroine, LSD and methamphetamine since 2009.
Fox argues that countries that have legalized drugs have not seen a significant increase in drug use. He thinks that the government could tax the sale of legalized drugs and use the funds for addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs.