Gael García Bernal, who has been in NYC filming Letters to Juliet with Vanessa Redgrave for the last few weeks, was recently asked about the drug wars in Mexico by a NY Daily News reporter. "Drugs
are illegal—therefore, there's a fight," he said. "I hope drugs become legalized in Mexico. If drugs were legal, there would be nothing to fight about."
Although the reporter seemed taken aback by Gael's response, his point of view is one that is shared by many in Latin America. Mexico's former President Ernesto Zedillo, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and former Colombian President César Gaviria wrote a compelling opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal back in February saying that the legalization of marijuana is the only logical way to help Mexico combat a seemingly endless drug war. The former leaders declared, “The war on drugs has failed. And it's high time to replace an
ineffective strategy with more humane and efficient drug policies.”
Perhaps Gael isn't so crazy after all.