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Mexico's president troubled by California's marijuana legalization ballot measure

October 8, 2010 |  7:29 am
Felipe Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has expressed strong misgivings about the Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Calderon said in an interview with the Associated Press in Tijuana that legalizing marijuana use in California would create a "terrible inconsistency" in the U.S.' overall drug policy.

Prop. 19 would make it legal for anyone 21 or older to possess, share or transport up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to 25 square feet per residence or parcel. Cities and counties would be authorized to regulate and tax commercial marijuana production and sales.

Earlier this month the state council of the Service Employees International Union, the largest labor union in California, has endorsed the ballot measure. But many law enforcement groups and mainstream elected officials are opposing it. Recent polls have shown the race to be tight.

Calderon told AP that legalizing marijuana in California would send a troubling message.

"They have exerted pressure and demanded for decades that Mexico and other countries control, reduce and fight drug trafficking, and there is no discernible effort to reduce the consumption of drugs in the United States," he said.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Calderon being interviewed Thursday. AP