By Alfredo Corchado, The Seattle Times, 8/15/2013
If only it was so easy — legalize pot and Mexico’s bloody nightmare would end. It won’t.
As a correspondent for The Dallas Morning News I’ve had a front-row seat to the massacre in my homeland, Mexico. Like many other colleagues, I’ve witnessed Mexico’s descent into darkness as brutal cartels continue to fight each other for plazas — parlance for illicit corridors that lead north with, among other products, tons of marijuana for the insatiable, biggest market in the world: my adopted homeland, the United States.
As I’ve witnessed the collapse of institutions in a blood-soaked nation, and seen so many in my own profession forced into censorship, threatened or killed by powerful cartels, I too have asked the same question: Why doesn’t the U.S. just legalize this stuff, just like the states of Washington and Colorado, so we can put the nightmare behind us?