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Nov 9, 2012 | 05:54 GMT

Mexico: U.S. Marijuana Legalization Could Change Anti-Drug Strategies

The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has left Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto and members of his incoming administration needing to reformulate their anti-drug strategies in light of what one senior aide said was a referendum that “changes the rules of the game,” The Washington Post reported Nov. 8. A top aide said Peña Nieto and his team will discuss the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in Washington this month. The legalization votes are expected to spark a debate in Mexico about the direction and costs of the U.S.-backed drug war there. During Mexico's presidential election, Pena Nieto pledged to reduce the drug cartel-related violence that has plagued Mexico for years.

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