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Latin American leaders call for review of US legal pot vote

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, a medical marijuana plant grows at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, in Seattle. Votes this week by Colorado and Washington to allow adult marijuana possession have prompted what could be a turning point in the nation's conflicted and confusing war on drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, a medical marijuana plant grows at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, in Seattle. Votes this week by Colorado and Washington to allow adult marijuana possession have prompted what could be a turning point in the nation's conflicted and confusing war on drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

The call Monday by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and the presidents of Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras is the most significant Latin American reaction yet to the Nov. 6 decisions by voters in Colorado and Washington. The Mexican administration that takes office Dec. 1 has already questioned how it will enforce a ban on growing and smuggling a drug legal under some state laws.

Mexico is the primary supplier of marijuana to the U.S., while Honduras and Belize are important stops on the northward passage of cocaine from South America. Costa Rica is seeing increasing use of its territory by drug traffickers.

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RedEric 1 year, 5 months ago

It is possible this is the beginning of the end for the powerful drug cartels. Marijuana is the backbone of drug smuggling. Yes there is a lot of money in cocaine, but maryjane is the bulk of income. Federal legalization would allow each State to decide whether to continue the war or tax it. This would decimate the cartels. I think that is a good thing.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 5 months ago

They do not want it legal. Lose the goose that laid the golden egg. I guess the farmers in those states can grow pot along with corn.

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