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November 17, 2010


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Hi Sonia,

I recently started following your blog because I'm not hearing much about the situation in Mexico, otherwise. I am a travel writer, and I love Mexico, but am very hesitant to visit now.

Anyway, pardon my naivete, but I am curious how you feel about legalizing marijuana in the USA. Do you think that would help this situation at all? I guess the meth and coke would still be an issue... And I realize the situation is quite complex.

Thanks again for providing this blog. You do a great job here!


To sonia I think that legalizing would help. It is their main source of income. Though it might make war on border areas worse I think in the long run it would put a hurt on their income. Plus the states could tax and us that money to help fight this problem. Living in the northwest I know many people who smoke and none are criminals. Except the possession of majijuana. It's the money that is the cause.


Seems like the cartels play it smart and keep a very low profile while operating in the USA - whenever possible. But they will definitely raise their ugly heads if someone rips them off. The incidents you are reporting seem to fall into that category. It's not random violence, but it is very brutal.

On a separate subject - I see that Calderon's people managed to arrest the top guy for the Sinaloa cartel in the state of Chihuahua this week. Typically when that happens, the guys who's arrested spills some info, and then they catch other people higher up the food chain. I wonder if Guzman is getting a bit more nervous???


Hey Tui ... I spoke recently to a retired American guy who drives the length of the Baja peninsula and lives in Cabo. He says that generally that part of Mexico is pretty quiet, esp. once you get south of Tijuana and Ensenada. If you are driving, stay on the main toll road and don't explore. So Baja might be an opportunity for you.

But otherwise ... how about Costa Rica & Belize? Could be safer, and chances are that more of your readers would consider going there anyway.

Good luck.


I just stumbled on your blog and really enjoy it. Regarding your article Three DTO incidents on US soil in three weeks...I am wondering why you didn't include the cartel hit in Casa Grande, AZ in late October.'/

@K - I actually didn't know about it, so thank you so much for pointing it out! Just emphasizes my point even further.

p.s. My apologies for goofing your name up, Sylvia!

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