‘Estado de Gracia’ ponders drug decriminalization in Mexico

August 8, 2012

The Los Angeles Times, 8/5/2012

Mexican federal legislator Julieta Toscano isn’t afraid to say what some Mexicans have long been thinking: After six years of turmoil and 55,000 people killed in narcotics-related violence, it’s time to stem the bloodshed by legalizing drugs.

Of course, in real life it would be political suicide for most politicians on either side of the border to stump for drugs-on-demand. But Toscano, played by Mexican actress Karina Gidi, is the lead character in “Estado de Gracia” (State of Grace), a highly addictive fictional TV series that began airing this summer in the United States on the Spanish-language Cinelatino cable and satellite channel.

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