As US marijuana legalization spreads, Mexican ‘mota’ takes a dive

February 10, 2015

02/09/15 CNBC 

9906897843_3bdd271309_zAccording to a new report by The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in California, legal marijuana sales rocketed 74 percent in 2014 to a new high of $2.7 billion. And with more states legalizing weed — Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted to join the legal stoners in November — it predicts this growth pace could continue for several more years straight. However, winners in some places often mean losers in others. And the losers appear to be south of the Rio Grande: Mexican marijuana growers, who’ve provided the lion’s share of cannabis for American smokers for decades.

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Mexico could seek hefty damages against U.S. over meat laws: official

November 6, 2014

11/05/14 Reuters

meat2Mexico would seek “hundreds of millions” of dollars in trade retaliation against the United States if Washington does not change meat labeling laws, a Mexican official said, as Mexico and Canada kept up pressure on the United States to act. The World Trade Organization ruled last month that the United States had failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules after a complaint by its two neighbors. The ruling would be a step toward potential retaliation if packaging laws are not changed.

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Comments to the United States Department of Commerce regarding the U.S.‐Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

January 10, 2014

Duncan Wood

Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Associate Christopher Wilson responded to the U.S. Department of Commerce Federal Register Notice published on November 25, 2013, which requested stakeholder input on the U.S.‐Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

In their comments, they noted that Mexico and the United States share an economic space and an economic future, and that the HLED is an important and potentially fruitful element in moving that future forward and maximizing the benefits for both countries. They stated that it should be both consolidated through high‐level engagement and institutionalization, and broadened to include a greater dialogue with the private sector and civil society and an expanded focus on border affairs.

Read their testimony here.

The Rise Of Mexican Intellect And The United States: Opponents Or Partners? Op Ed

December 12, 2013

Expert Take

By Alejandro Chaufen

Forbes, 12/11/2013

In his 2009 book, “The Next 100 Years,” George Friedman, the founder of Stratfor, wrote that by the end of the century Mexico will be the main power challenging the U.S. With $500 billion in trade with the U.S. (up from $75 billion two decades ago), with Mexicans spending twice as much on U.S. products as the Chinese, with over 33 million U.S. residents of Mexican origin, with the most frequently crossed international border in the world, it would be irresponsible to wait until the end of the century to pay attention to Mexico.

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Former Mexican governor indicted by U.S. on drug trafficking charges

December 9, 2013

handcuffsThe Los Angeles Times, 12/6/2013

He allegedly raked in millions of dollars to give drug traffickers easy access to the United States. The cocaine flowed north, prosecutors say, and the money in his pocket bought him elegant houses and a couple of private jets.

Tomas Yarrington, former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, has been indicted by U.S. federal prosecutors on a host of drug-trafficking, money-laundering and racketeering charges.

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Mexico Cholera Outbreak Less than 250 Miles from US Border

October 29, 2013

DOT map of Us-mexico-borderThe International Business Times, 10/29/2013

The outbreak of cholera in Mexico is creeping ever closer to the US border, with five cases confirmed in an area that is less than 250 miles from the Texas border.

The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported five cases around La Huasteca, an area covering the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, and Guanajuato.

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Mexican reform legislation, a model for the U.S. – Op Ed

October 24, 2013

mexico-usa-flag-montageThe Hill, 10/24/2013

If U.S. officials wanted to learn how government can operate well in modern times, all they need to do is look south. Mexico’s executive and legislative leaders are demonstrating how bipartisan cooperation can make great progress for the benefit of their people.

After enacting major reforms in telecom, broadcasting, education, labor relations and the governance of public institutions earlier this year, the Mexican Congress is now moving to reform its fiscal and energy laws. The combination is a model of progressive legislating that, in the end, will undoubtedly improve Mexico’s economic competitiveness.

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