In Mexico, Is Legalized Pot Just A Pipe Dream?

Feb 5, 2018

They were astonishing comments from a cabinet member made in the most deliberate of settings.

At a conference in late January, Mexico's top tourism official told reporters legalizing marijuana would help combat an epidemic of violence that has enveloped parts of the country.

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On Feb. 2, 1848, a treaty was signed that ended the U.S.-Mexican War and ceded 525,000 square miles of land from Mexico to the U.S., including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Rio Grande was designated the boundary between Texas and Mexico. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo also created a new population of Mexican-Americans, and Mexicans on new U.S. territory could either remain Mexican citizens, return to Mexico, or claim U.S. citizenship.

The 170th anniversary of that signing is something Hispanic communities in the U.S. are celebrating as a part of their heritage, calling it Segundo de Febrero.

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The Mexican-American War is "substantially underrated," says historian Peter Guardino.

After annexing Texas in 1845, the United States' pursuit of territorial expansion led a military campaign south to Mexico. 

The conflict, which began in 1846 and ended by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, is also known under various other terms, including the "North American Intervention" –  a more common distinction in Mexico. 

The U.S. State Department is warning Americans not to travel to five Mexican states, issuing a "do not travel" advisory.

"Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread," the State Department said in the notice Thursday.

Hasta Encontrarlos: Missing In Mexico

Jan 10, 2018

On a September night in 2014, 43 male college students were kidnapped in Iguala, Mexico and later turned over to a local drug gang. Their abduction prompted mass protests in Mexico, but few answers about what happened to them.

More than 30,000 people have gone missing in Mexico in the past decade in connection to the country’s ongoing drug war. From The New York Times: