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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