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Arizona AG: Marijuana legalization a possible way of curbing border violence

Raw Story-David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Friday February 27, 2009

When President Bush vowed to “smoke ’em out” in the chase for Osama bin Laden — who his administration claimed to be America’s greatest enemy — he meant it in the Wild West sense, not the California sense.

Who’d have thought that by the time his predecessor took office, otherwise conservative officials would be considering another way of smoking out a new and growing threat to American’s safety: Mexican drug cartels, whose profits are largely derived from the illegal smuggling and sale of marijuana.

On Friday, Democrat Terry Goddard, Arizona’s Attorney General, said that while he’s not in favor or legalizing marijuana, he thinks it should be debated as a way of curbing violence in the increasingly deadly clashes between Mexico’s gangs.

Speaking to CNN’s Kiran Chetry about the firearms trade between the US and Mexico, he noted that almost all the guns seized in Mexico’s drug war came from the US.

“This is the source,” he said. “This is the gun store for a great deal of the world.”

“What’s the answer?” asked Chetry.

“There’d have to be a variety of answers,” he said. “But one of ’em would be to enforce our laws more aggressively.”

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