The former Mexican president had a three-hour meeting in San Francisco on Monday with pot legalization advocates, including Oakland-based executive director of California’s largest marijuana dispensary Steve DeAngelo, and former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively, who aims to create a Seattle-based pot brand.
Legalizing marijuana is the only way to end the violence brought about by Mexican drug cartels, Fox said after the meeting, as reported by Reuters. Fox blamed the rise of the cartels on 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.
Fox claims that 40 young people are killed in drug-related violence in Mexico.
Mexico’s current president, Enrique Peña Nieto, opposes legalization, but has recently said he would consider world opinion on the matter.
Fox said he had agreed to attend and help develop an international summit later this month in Mexico to create a plan to end marijuana prohibition.
That meeting will take place July 18 in San Cristobal.