Bill Piper at (202) 669-6430 or Ethan Nadelmann at (646) 335-2240
For months, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have battled it out with the Mexican government, the
“Many parts of
In November 2008, the
As members of Congress debate what to do, support is growing in both countries for major shifts in global drug policy. In El Paso, Texas, where several Mexican mayors live and commute to work out of fear they and their families will be killed if they live in Mexico, the city council passed a resolution in January calling on Congress to consider and debate drug legalization to reduce prohibition-related violence. In February, the Latin-American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, a high-level commission co-chaired by former presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, called for a “paradigm shift” in global drug policy, including decriminalizing marijuana, and “breaking the taboo” on open and robust debate about all drug policy options.
More recently, the Arizona Attorney General, citing evidence that Mexican drug trafficking organizations get 60% to 80% of their revenue from marijuana, suggested national policymakers debate legalizing marijuana.
More than 40% of Americans, and over 50% of Canadians, say it’s time to legalize marijuana, according to recent polls. (Support is close to or over 50% in some western
“The time has surely come to give serious consideration to taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol,” said
Here’s a list of the four upcoming hearings:
House Appropriations — Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
House Appropriations — Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“Department of Homeland Security Response to Violence on the Border with
House Homeland Security Committee — Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Border Violence: An Examination of DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Strategies and Resources
House Oversight and Government Reform — Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs “Money, Guns, and Drugs: Are