A Mexican congresswoman paused her speech in a legislative session to pull out a marijuana joint in favor of legalization.
A video posted on social media by Rep. Lucia Riojas (Independent–Mexico City) showed the moment she pulled out a marijuana joint and gave it to Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Olga Sanchez Cordero.
— lucía (@LuRiojas) October 9, 2019
“This is a reminder of that proposal that you made at the beginning,” Riojas said. The federal legislator identifies as a feminist lesbian on her Twitter bio and carries a reputation for being a young, outspoken activist in the governing body.
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The episode comes at a time when several officials are pushing for legalizing drugs amid statements from the country’s president that the war on drugs is “over.”
Despite the push to legalize with the hope for an end to armed cartel conflicts, violence continues to expand into new areas once thought to be immune. In addition to hotspots like Veracruz, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua, bloodshed is spreading to central Mexican states like Guanajuato, Queretaro, and Mexico State itself while resort areas like Cancun and the Baja continue to suffer.
The approach by Mexico’s federal government is causing tensions between border states and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The governor of Tamaulipas publicly shamed federal authorities for not fighting cartels in his region.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
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