Mexican ex-leader backs pot drive

AFP-JIJI

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox threw his weight Thursday behind a U.S. entrepreneur’s drive to build a nationwide legal market for marijuana in the United States.

Fox, Mexico’s leader from 2000 to 2006, appeared at a Seattle press conference where businessman Jamen Shively said the states of Washington and Colorado are spearheading a move to tear down the “Berlin Wall” of pot criminalization.

“In Mexico we welcome this initiative, because the cost of the war in the case of Mexico is becoming unbearable,” said Fox.

Shively, a former Microsoft executive, is head of Diego Pellicer Inc., which describes itself as “the first retail brand in the United States focused exclusively on legal, premium marijuana for pleasure and creative pursuits.”