TWO MEXICAN cardinals have endorsed a proposal by President Felipe Calderón to open a debate on the merits of drug legalisation in a country beset with violence attributed to narcotics-trafficking cartels.
Cardinals Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Guadalajara did not express support for drug legalisation but called for the issue to be studied and for Mexico to learn from the experiences of other countries. “It’s a question of health, and from that perspective it has to be studied,” Cardinal Rivera said.
Cardinal Sandoval said: “There must be a lot of thought, a lot of study. It’s not easy.” The vice-president of the Mexican bishops’ conference, Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López of Tuxtla Gutierrez, also agreed with the idea of a debate but made clear that legalisation “would be imprudent and harmful”.