As more U.S. states permit medical marijuana, and California considers legalizing it, Mexico is voicing irritation at the gap between drug laws north and south of the border, saying it undercuts the battle against Mexico’s violent drug cartels, says McClatchy Newspapers. Mexico Secretary of the Interior Fernando Gomez Mont called the U.S. medical marijuana trend “worrisome” and “complicates in a grave way” efforts to resolve Mexico’s soaring drug-related violence.
The issue came to the fore this week when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a high-level U.S. delegation to Mexico to discuss counter-drug strategies. Clinton said she doesn’t believe that the rising number of states that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was a major factor in marijuana flows into the U.S. from Mexico. “We have not changed our laws, and we do not see this as a major contributor to the continuing flow of marijuana, the vast, vast majority of which is used for recreational purposes,” Clinton said. Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer Cossio, said the government of President Felipe Calderon “feels offended” by the growing trend of U.S. states to allow medical marijuana. Mexican laws against marijuana and narcotics remain tough, the result of U.S. pressure dating back more than half a century, he said.