“Why is anyone surprised by this? Living in Mexico, I've received negative feedback for pointing out that U.S. legalization is not going to necessarily improve the situation caused by U.S. marijuana consumer demand. If anything, LESS money will be coming back to rural Mexico (and it's the poverty of the countryside that allows the gangsters to profit from drug exportation) as foreign corporations and wealthy "investors" take over the trade. If anything, it will make matters worse... leaving the criminals to find other revenue streams (blackmail, bank robbery, murder for hire), or with less money to spend in their local communties as the profits go to the north.”
snapper123 on Jun 25, 2013 at 18:29:33
“For now I will be forced to enjoy some very fine Mexican for a price that is a pleasure to pay. Just thinking about it makes me want to go home...”
garynofishing on Jun 25, 2013 at 18:10:36
Al Capone had to shift his business somewhat when prohibition was lifted too. It's not a concern”
“Aside from the stock photo, where is Wicca mentioned? These priests are talking about the same thing the new Pope has talked about... the "cult of money"... or, as the Pope actually said, "fetishization of money" (a phrase, and concept, also found in Das Kapital, btw). They're complaining about mindless consumerism, not dancing around in sheets. Geeze!”
Jun 19, 2013 at 19:37:30
“I wish you were right, lori639, but I'm afraid all it would do for Mexico is transfer the profits from a native class of gangsters to foreign agri-corps. Besides the environmental damage of monoculture (marijuana takes a lot more water than most of our native food crops) and taking land out of production, I'm not sure how legalized marijuana farming would benefit Mexico any more than other agricultural export crops have. You can bet the U.S. Ag Dept would write export rules to benefit the U.S. companies, further undermining the Mexican rural economy, same as has happened with export vegetables, coffee and sugar.”
lori639 on Jun 21, 2013 at 01:00:51
“I guess all anyone can do is see how this all will play out now. I truly hope it is for the best every were.”
Arturo Ramrez on Jun 20, 2013 at 02:25:46
“Legalizing marihuana isn't about about making money, it's about reducing the violence related to it.”
Jun 19, 2013 at 19:33:05
“One sort of startling thing to foreigners is that Mexicans consider marijuana smoking tacky. About the only "respectable" marijuana users are little old ladies... who buy it not to smoke, but to soak in rubbing alcohol as a sort of folk-medication for aching joints. While possession for personal use has been legal for a number of years, public consumption is considered about as socially acceptable as farting on the subway.”
“Those small-time pot growers who thought they were going to benefit from decriminalization are in for a rude awakening. They'll be in thrall to corporate buyers, just like any other commodity farmer is. They need to talk to coffee growers in Chiapas muy pronto”
BarcelonaGuy on May 31, 2013 at 15:58:58
“Are you kidding, as soon as there is a significant buck to be made, watch how fast the church finds an obscure passage in the bible about how holy pot use is. The tabacco companies too.”
Apr 26, 2013 at 22:47:36
“Same reason U.S: restricts foreign imports. Protect the national industry (and, because of air pollution standards).”
trinidad50 on Apr 28, 2013 at 11:25:50
“mostly to protect the rich car dealerships---i wouldn't by a nafta piece of crap--i only buy Toyota because they have a culture to please their customers; not rip off their customers--it's called customer loyalty-which American car companies don't care about--another product to avoid like the plague is Whirlpool clothes washers--what a nightmare-they are garbage!!--if you have to buy one by all means buy an extended warranty--some stores offer a ten year warranty--it's worth it--read reviews on line about the Whirlpool Cabrio--you won't believe the horror stories---ho ho ho”
Apr 26, 2013 at 22:46:27
“You ought to learn Mexican history. Especially after the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese immigrants (who'd actually been coming since the 1500s) came in much greater numbers to Mexico than the U.S., Koreans from 1890 onward, Arabs in the 1920s, and European Jews in huge numbers in the 1930s and 40s (Mexico opened its borders to any refugee from Fascism, and more Jews found refuge in Mexico than the rest of the Allied nations combined). Right now, we're getting a lot of migrants from the former Soviet Union, and there are still enclaves of Italian, German and English speaking settlements,”
“Actually, he doesn't. He preached against a specific bill before the Argentine Congress, but when it passed, and was signed into law, he didn't do anything about it. His Church's regulations won't allow for same-gender marriage, but he's not preventing the state from recognizing them, nor could he, nor did he seek to do so. Jeeze, I'm usually accused of being anti-clerical for just writing about I'm an anti-clerical type guy, but jeeze, I wish people would at least know their facts before they jump to conclusions.”
Mar 7, 2013 at 20:50:51
“Not sure why all you are talking about Mexicans in terms of Mr. Gonzales. His family was from Colombia, though his accent is North American. Anyway, what's wrong with pandering to the second-largest linguistic group in the United States? Especially if you can?”
Feb 20, 2013 at 13:23:47
“What is wrong with Puerto Rico? Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador... most Latin American nations recognize the rights of GLBT citizens (at least in law) and Latin Americans for the most part aren't too concerned with the private behaviors of others. Protestantism? U.S. influence?”
“Progressive? LOL! If the claims that the number of undocumented people is anywhere near reality, and these people are expected to give up their (low-wage) jobs, return to their home country (for how long?) and then return, I want to know how that's going to work... if the people had the bucks for "legal" immigration in the first place (and the costs for a green card in the U.S. are ridiculously high, considering how much work one has to go thru just to even prove one is qualified... which 9 times out of 10 requires using a lawyer... which ain't cheap) they wouldn't be "illegal". How these people are expected to pay the "fines" and live when they'll have to be returning to their home country for who knows how long (and how long will the wait be?), support their families, etc., when they went to the U.S. to do just that in the first place.?”
“Something of a record may have been set by Mexican diplomat Gilberto Bosques Saldivar, who as Mexican Consul in Marsailles during the Vichy era, saved tens of thousands from deportation ... not only Jews, but Spanish Republicans, Communists and intellectuals. He ended up renting a summer camp claiming it was part of the Mexican consulate to house his "guests".”
fuscator on Jan 24, 2013 at 17:57:12
“Senor Bosques Saldivar's story is not told often enough and loud enough!
His memory deserves more recognition!”
carledgar on Jan 24, 2013 at 16:22:43
“He lived to be 102 (died in 1995) so he lived for half a century after the war - good going.”
“This looks more like an attempt by the U.S. to put Mexican military under U.S. control than anything else. While Mexico has, in the past, accepted U.S. "assistance" in internal security measures (notably, when Ulysses S. Grant had weapons transferred to Juarez to drive out the Frano-Austrian occupation) at the end of the U.S. Civil War, Mexico has also always subscribed to what might be called the "Juarez Docrine"... Peace among neighbors, as among nations, is respect for the rights of others," or... more colloquially, "if we want your help, we'll ask", I don't see where the Mexicans were asked.”
JessCostello on Jan 19, 2013 at 15:44:55
“Mexico isn't really a friend of the United States, it just lacks the capacity to do anything to hurt us militarily.”
Jan 6, 2013 at 02:27:52
“This is not insanity, believe me. Toy guns are not a major crime issue, to be sure, but one that does REASSURE the people and those toy guns are used for real crimes. Mexico was a dumping ground for toys otherwise unsaleable in other countries, and those realistic toy guns are sold in rather shady "police supply" stores in Mexico City (I've been in them) for use in intimidating people. Its not so much young children likely to get shot, as it is little old ladies being held up by guys too cowardly to try mugging them... and unqualified people passing themselves off as security guards that are a problem.”
Rooster Coburn on Jan 6, 2013 at 16:49:04
“The real problem is that peaceful Mexicans are disarmed by their own government.”
Jan 6, 2013 at 02:18:12
“How well is the program working? Relatively well. Although the last few years — thanks to U.S. "assistance" — has meant an alarming increase in firearms (and firearms related homicides), the difficulty of obtaining ammunition for other than normal hunting rifles (which you need to belong to a hunting club to buy) means that we have a very low rate of firearms deaths outside of those related to the narcotics export industry.”
“You're assuming wealth creation and capitalism are the same thing?”
Al91206 on Jan 1, 2013 at 14:09:39
“Please enlighten us as to how the Pope, Vatican and the Catholic church came into their $$? The church is the DEFINITION of hypocrisy. The carpenter who disavowed money, helped the poor, the sick, the elderly and the people the intolerant masses hated would no doubt be turned off by this political machine trying to usurp his message.”
“Oh, golly gee. I'm sure George Washington wasn't always prissy in his language either. And Harry Truman was never known to hold back. To call this news is... uh... bull hockey :-)”
bgbytoys on Oct 25, 2012 at 15:53:58
“the presidents you mention weren't connected 24/7 like we are today.
perhaps this is a reason kids today are so disrespectful. the supreme roll model talks like he is hanging out on a street corner.”
KenInd on Oct 25, 2012 at 15:48:43
“Washington's Order Against Profanity
The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice hitherto little known in our American Army is growing into fashion. He hopes that the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it and that both they and the men will reflect that we can little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly. Added to this it is a vice so mean and low without any temptation that every man of sense and character detests and despises it.
(Signed,) George Washington”
Peaches Pipskopski on Oct 25, 2012 at 15:44:55
“What about Johnson? He had quite the potty mouth didn't he?”
Oct 14, 2012 at 04:48:05
“Do you know he was even in the United States? And, even if he had been, he was in his own country, ergo... not "illegal". This isn't just sad... it's criminal!”
MUDPUPTN3 on Oct 14, 2012 at 07:14:59
“Yep that boy sure was a criminal who should've stopped!! Read the article again!! According to this article, the agents watched him drop drugs, run and didn't stop when he was told to stop!!
Brian Terry's and Nicholas Ivie's deaths, now that was criminal!! Fast and Furious, is criminal!!!!
American border patrol agents killing mexican criminals instead of being killed by mexican criminals is in the least defending themselves, at most, upholding American laws!!!”
pest888 on Oct 14, 2012 at 06:31:17
“Go stand on the street in front of the white house, start throwing rocks at the Police there, see what happens. It is no different. A projectile is a projectile, and the use of deadly force is allowed when life is threatened by a projectile..........
Simple, The kid knew exactly what he was doing, and he paid. The mexican police would have done the same if he did that to them.”
“Your drug lords are Wall Street bankers. Maybe you should be sending out death squads, if you want us in Mexico to take your drug war seriously.”
banker67 on Oct 10, 2012 at 06:54:08
Well, if 'our' drug lords work on Wall Street, shave every day and wear nice suits, then they can't be bad. No wonder American law enforcement doesn't worry about them.
Well, that makes sense and it explains why everyone in our justice system and the for-profit press knows nothing about the men who receive, transport and sell the mountains of illegal drugs that all those evil foreigners are killing each other over.
And with just eavesdropping equipment that can detect nose hairs rattling a mile away, police would never be able to overhear any criminal conversations among guys wearing Hermes ties.
If that's not taking the 'war on drugs' seriously, I'm an oyster.”