By Matthew Auerbach
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox with Michelle Aldrich.
On Monday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox met with marijuana advocates in San Francisco for what he hopes will be a galvanizing step in accomplishing his ultimate goal of decriminalizing the sale and recreational use of cannabis in both his country and the United States, reports the New York Times.
Among those meeting with Fox were Steve DeAngelo, the Oakland-based executive director of California’s largest marijuana dispensary, and former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively, who hopes to create a Seattle-based pot brand to be distributed and sold in the U.S. and Mexico.
Fox believes legalizing marijuana will end the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels and America’s war on drugs.
“The cost of the war is becoming unbearable – too high for Mexico, for Latin America and for the rest of the world,” Fox said after the meeting.
According to Fox, 40 young people are killed in drug-related violence every day.