Mexican Tourism Secretary Says Legal Pot Idea was ‘Personal’

Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana
Mexican soldiers stand amidst poppy flowers and marijuana plants during an operation at Petatlan hills in Guerrero state, Mexico on August 28, 2013. (Image via AFP)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s tourism secretary has suggested that legalizing marijuana could help reduce drug violence at big tourist resorts. He’s also racing to dampen controversy over the statement, saying he wasn’t speaking in an official capacity.

Enrique de la Madrid said Thursday that marijuana should be legalized in tourist resorts, to diminish drug violence.

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Mexico’s tourism secretary Enrique de la Madrid. (Archive image)

He mentioned the state of Baja California Sur, which home to the twin resorts of Los Cabos and the state with Mexico’s second-highest murder rate, at 69 per 100,000 inhabitants. He also mentioned Quintana Roo, where the resort of Cancun is located.

However, late Thursday, De la Madrid issued a Tweet saying “I want to emphatically say that my opinion on legalizing marijuana was a personal comment.”

The Associated Press

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