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Mexico should allow recreational cannabis Mexican government official said. The move is intended to boost tourism while simultaneously cutting off a source of revenue for the gang and drug cartel violence that plagues the nation.
“I think in Mexico we should move towards regulating it at the state level,” Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid said in an interview. He stated that it was “illogical” to take funds from fighting kidnapping, rape, and murder to arrest people using cannabis.
Government data indicates that cartel wars between gangs for control of supply and distribution of drugs including heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana helped push murders in Mexico to an all-time high.
Despite the widespread violence, Mexico remains a popular destination, drawing nearly 40 million visitors last year. Projections show that this is on the rise and that soon the number could rise to 42 million.
Cannabis is a very lucrative industry and could prove to be a boost to both the tourist economy of Mexico and the overall GDP of the country. In the United States, the cannabis industry is proving to be one of the fastest growing job sectors and is projected to be worth $75 billion by 2030.