According to the leader of the ruling MORENA party in Mexico, the country should legalize drugs in order to combat the violence that the cartel brings.
The comments were made over the weekend by Mario Delgado Carrillo.
Via translation, Carrillo said, “I think that from the events we saw in Culiacán, it is urgent to enter a process to regularize drugs—we should start with cannabis—make a legal framework for its regulation and legalization, and reduce this black market.”
It was recently that Mexican authorities released the son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán after a shootout with cartel members. His father led the Sinaloa Cartel until he was captured and extradited to the U.S. He is serving a life sentence in the states.
“It would be necessary to enter now to regularize the drug market, to eliminate these markets that give so much power to organized crime,” added Delgado Carrillo.
According to Delgado Carrillo, while his chamber’s agenda is stacked, it’s possible
that lawmakers could take up the reform issue in late November or early December.
“Mexico has to take steps forward,” he said. “We are going to have to experiment with this regulation, but the objective should be to protect people’s right to health, to the development of free personality and to eliminate the black market for drugs.”