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Mexico: Drug Trafficker 'El Chapo' Is Folk Hero No. 1


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In Sinaloa State, Mexico, where Joaquín Guzmán Loera -- better known as El Chapo -- was born, the notorious drug trafficker's spectacular escape through a hidden tunnel under what was supposed to be the most secure prison in Mexico has enhanced his status as an outlaw folk hero.

American officials claim Guzmán has contributed to "the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence and corruption," yet for many Mexicans, he is a combination of Robin Hood and billionaire, report William Neuman and Azam Ahmed for The New York Times.

El Chapo fought the law, and unlike the Bobby Fuller Four, he won. He beat what many Mexicans view as a corrupt ruling class, and Mexico -- just like America -- loves an outlaw.

“Why do people admire him?” said Adrián Cabrera, a blogger in Culiacán wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of El Chapo. “Because he’s a living legend. He’s like Al Capone. He’s like Lucky Luciano. Like Tony Soprano. Like Scarface. He’s like a character on a television show, except that he’s alive, he’s real.”

Mexico City Considering Marijuana Decriminalization


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Mexico's capitol, Mexico City, is the most liberal and secular part of that mostly Catholic nation. In 2007, the city government legalized abortion; in 2010 gay marriage was allowed; and next month the city's lawmakers are about to rethink policies on marijuana possession.

Other Mexican states, including Morelos, Veracruz, and Oaxaca could follow Mexico City's lead, reports Karl Baker at The Christian Science Monitor, presenting a challenge to President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has opposed marijuana legalization as he continues the country's war against drug smugglers.

The proposal will be submitted to the Mexico City legislative assembly in two weeks, according to the office of the bill's sponsor. It would legalize up to 40 grams of cannabis, assigning it a "zero priority" legal status. The law would instruct police not to take action if they witness cannabis use.

Analyst Carlos Zamudio Angles with the Collective for an Integral Drug Policy, a Mexico City think tank favoring decriminalization, said police corruption makes the decrim law necessary. The think tank said in a June 2013 report that two out of three cannabis users had reported bribing police in order to avoid being arrested.

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