Tag: Mexico

11
May

Marijuana’s Path to Legality in Mexico

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern. Although marijuana legalization in Mexico lacks appeal amongst much of the public and is still a subject of stigma and misinformation, the country has recently taken crucial steps towards legalization. A Different Process In the United States, marijuana policy reform has primarily taken shape through state-wide ballot initiatives which have resulted

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29
Mar

Spring Break…and The War on Drugs

Written by Arturo Lua Castillo ’16, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern and Chapter Leader of SUNY Albany SSDP.  Beautiful beaches, sunny resorts, and Mexico’s murder capital; all these things describe Acapulco. Once a sprawling tourist mecca visited by A-list celebrities, the city has become the prime example of how the War on Drugs creates incentives for violence and instability. A

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20
Feb

¿Por qué no legalizan todas las drogas en México?

El siguiente artículo, que presenta una entrevista con una líder de EPSD México, Emma Rodríguez Romero, fue publicado el 12 de febrero por Red Letter, una revista mexicana en línea. Lee el artículo completo aquí. El debate sobre la despenalización de la mariguana se abrió nuevamente tras las declaraciones, a nivel personal, del secretario de Turismo, Enrique de la Madrid, quien señaló que

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12
Jan

ESPD Mexico Starts Rebuilding

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico back in September. Happily, none of the members of the SSDP chapter in Mexico, known as Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas (EPSD) México, were physically harmed by the earthquake. However, the building which housed the EPSD office was among those that collapsed, leaving our family down there without a base of

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18
Jul

Magic Mushrooms, Tourism, and the Erasure of Mazatec Culture

Written by Gabriel Eduardo Estrada Martínez, a member of Estudiantes Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas, Mexíco (SSDP Mexíco) and an indigenous Mazateco currently doing anthropological research on the use of sacred plants in Mexico. Translation by Arturo González. For any country, the objective of tourism is to help bolster the economy by exposing native art, magic, and nature to curious

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3
Jan

Gana La Mota en USA

Escrito por el líder del EPSD México Héctor Joel Anaya. Este artículo apareció originalmente en La Dosis.  Es un hecho Donald Trump fue electo como presidente de los Estados Unidos, y Arizona no obtuvo la mayoría de los votos necesarios para legalizar la cannabis en su territorio. Y a pesar de que el futuro del mercado y de la regulación

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28
Nov

Recapping the 2016 Latin America Regional Conference

Written by Héctor Joel Anaya From 3rd to 4th November, students from around Latin America attended our first Latin American Regional Conference in Morelia, Michoacán. Morelia is one of the states that has been most affected by the Mexican Drug War since former president Felipe Calderon started it ten years ago. The conference was divided into three big topics; health, policy, and

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21
Oct

La Caravana Contra Represión en México Begins US Speaking Tour

Written by Jacki Moreira, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern.  Two days ago, the Caravan Against Repression in Mexico arrived in Boston to begin their month long journey through the US. The Caravan will be traveling through 18 different cities, including a stop in Chicago this weekend to speak at the SSDP Midwest Regional Conference. The “War on Drugs”, fabricated in the US to

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11
Oct

SSDP Participates in Ayotzinapa Day of Action

Written by Jacki Moreira, SSDP’s Latin America Policy Intern. To learn more, check our her three-part piece about what happened to the 43 students of Ayotzinapa two years ago and how it is connected to the War on Drugs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. On October 4th, 2016 seven men were killed on the road Chilipacingo-Tixtla in Guerrero, Mexico. The men

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19
Sep

Ayotzinapa: How Heroin Trafficking, Mining, and US Foreign Policy Played a Role

This is the third and final of a series of blog posts by SSDP Latin America Policy intern Jacki Moreira about the upcoming 2 year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School. Today, she takes a look as some of the other external factors that contributed to the tragedy.  Transnational Drug Trafficking The Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos

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6
Sep

Why Hasn’t There been Any Justice for the Victims of Ayotzinapa?

Two weeks ago, we published a call to action on the 23 month anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School. Today, SSDP Latin America Policy Intern Jacki Moreira takes a look at why investigations into the disappearances have yielded no results or arrests.  Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) As mentioned in the previous blog post,

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30
Jun

Mexico: Instead of Denying Crimes Against Humanity, Commit to Drug Policy Alternatives

Written by Camila Ruiz Segovia, an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance and a member of Brown University SSDP. This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog. Earlier this month, the Open Society Foundations published a ground-breaking report, “Undeniable Atrocities”, which accuses the Mexican government of committing crimes against humanity during Mexico’s Drug War. The work presents evidence compiled over

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21
Jun

En México, la Educación no es Gratuita… se paga con la Vida y la Libertad

Written by: Guest Blogger,  Luis Lopez Resendiz From: El Fronterismo  La educación es una arma fundamental e importante en los pueblos pobres del mundo para poder cambiar y derrocar los sistemas de opresión de un gobierno hacia un pueblo en lucha. La educación publica es un derecho que todas y todos tienen en mundo. Es un derecho que toda persona

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21
Jun

Mexico Represses Teachers, not Drug Traffickers

Written by Guest Blogger, Lopez Christopher  From: Hasta La Victoria Blog In the midst of a deadly war on drugs, the latest victims of the Mexican government’s ruthlessness are not the perpetrators of violent institutional or social crime, but rather a teacher’s union mobilizing for greater rights and greater respect for their dedication to a deteriorating national public educational system. Aurelio

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9
Nov

A Student Review of The Constitutional Protection Given by the Supreme Court for Production and Recreational Use of Cannabis in Mexico

This post was written as a collaboration between members of our Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México chapter and other students in Mexico City. Para leer en Español, vaya al final de la página.  November 4th, 2015. A historic, emblematic day in México City. Finally, an official validation for recreational marihuana use. And not just any validation, but the Supreme Court’s. Today, marihuana production for

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28
Sep

One Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico

Written by Rachel Wissner and Sarah Merrigan, translated into Spanish by Daniel Garcia This past weekend was the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico. On September 26th, 2014, 43 students of the Teacher’s College Rural Ayotzinapa Went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College is part of a network of schools

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15
Oct

Open Letter to the People of Mexico

October 15, 2014 To the People of Mexico: We, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), stand in solidarity with the people of Mexico affected by the escalation of narco-violence in recent years, as demonstrated most recently in Iguala with the murder and abduction of student protesters. We offer our condolences to all victims of the failed war on drugs, including

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12
Oct

Hear a Mexican SSDPer's Take on the Iguala Student Massacre

Plea My name is Gustavo Monraz. I’m 20 years old and studying at the University of Guadalajara. Some friends and I recently started a SSDP chapter at my university to educate people about drug policy and support decriminalization of cannabis. It’s important for me to ask SSDP members to strengthen their campaigns and participate in the October 15 Vigil for

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25
Dec

Legalization Enthusiasm on the March in Latin America

In a region where drug possession is already widely decriminalized, there are now signs of enthusiasm for farther-reaching reforms. In the wake of the first marijuana legalization bill passed in Latin America, there are signs that some other countries in the region are interested in following Uruguay’s example. The movement is not limited to poor or relatively wealthy countries, and

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24
Oct

Foro en la Facultad de Economía UNAM // Forum in UNAM Economics Department

*English translation below. Estudiantes por una Política Sensata de Drogas (EPSD), ReverdeSer Colectivo y la Facultad de Economía de la UNAM invitan al FORO RETOS Y PROPUESTAS PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE UNA POLÍTICA SENSATA HACIA LAS DROGAS. El análisis entorno al estudio de drogas es complicado debido a que el tema tiene una extensa diversidad de aristas. Además, no existe

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1
Oct

Reform Resounds at the UN: Cracks in the Drug Policy Regime

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last week, three Latin American presidents spoke out, in varying degrees, against the current prohibitionist drug policy model.  The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala each spoke about the impacts of the U.S.-led “war on drugs” and urged the need to explore alternatives, although none went so far as to mention legalization.  All

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31
Aug

SSDP on the Caravan for Peace

  Miguel, Amaya and I are onboard Bus #2 of the Caravan for Peace organized by the Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity. We are crossing the United States from the west coast to the east coast, going south of the Rio Grande to the Great Lakes area of Chicago, beginning in the August summer in San Diego and

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1
May

SSDP Mexico students participate in International Forum!

After the SSDP UNAM chapter read that the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) wanted to host a big international forum to discuss drug policy in Mexico, we knew we needed to be part of it—and act fast! Andrés wrote a letter to the organizers telling them that we wanted to participate at the forum, and it didn’t matter how. 

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17
Jan

Drug war related deaths top 45,000 in Mexico

On January 11, 2012, the Mexican Attorney Generals Office (AGO) released the latest casualty figures in the government’s war against organized criminal groups.  The AGO confirmed that there have been 47, 515 drug related killings since December 2006—when President Calderon gave the military full rein to combat drug trafficking and organized crime.  To put this in perspective, in Afghanistan, there

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21
Dec

Survey on Insecurity and Drug Policy in Mexico

In late November 2011, the results from the 9th survey on Mexican Citizens Perceptions of Insecurity was released.   This survey is conducted by Mitofsky Consulting, a U.S. based firm, and highlighted a series of questions regarding how to combat organized crime and the so-called war on drugs. When asked whether they believed Mexican President Felipe Calderon would win the war against organized crime,

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