"Almost lost in the press statement made recently by Genaro Garcia Luna, Federal Public Security Secretary, was his allusion to the opening up of marijuana policy alternatives that is occurring in the U.S. as a reference point for reevaluating the position of Mexico over this plant (09/12/11 Reforma).
This statement is a clear sign that war is not the only alternative that is beginning to be looked at in the government of Felipe Calderon. The president, for his part, on a highly rated television program, made a display of misinformation and prejudice, claiming that his war strategy is based on the increase in violence that is due to increased drug use. This is a patently false statement, since there is no research that demonstrates such a relationship between the two.
The president's strategy of making desperate declarations has led to countradictions regarding the effectiveness of the drug war (now interpreted as the struggle against 'organized crime'). Calderon said that the elections in Michoacan, carried out on November 13, were affected by the drug traffickers. Beyond the incongruity of attempting to disqualify an election 'in retrospect' (which would also bring him into a direct confrontation with the Institutional Revolutionary Party), such a statement is a tacit admission of failure. It would mean that the army cannot guarantee the exercise of democracy, as it was in Morelia, Michoacan, that he unearthed his hatchet of war five years ago ." Spanish original