Council To Address Juarez Violence
POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 9:04am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
El Paso - - The violence in Juarez ais making leaders on this side of the border search for answers.
Some are even resurrecting the argument of legalizing marijuana.
Just last year, City Rep Beto O'Rourke proposed a serious discussion on legalizing pot.
The idea is it would hurt the cartels across the border and possibly reduce the rampant violence there.
O'Rourke's idea was shot down but Tuesday, it is being resurrected at city council again...
"Nobody wants people to use drugs lets be very clear on that but its obvious its what's happening right now is not working, it's a complete failure. you have thousand and thousands dying in juarez that's simply unacceptable and it needs to be addressed."
Representative Steve Ortega is just one of the council members who has brought back the topic of Juarez and drugs.
Last year, Representative Ortega suggested a look into making marijuana legal in hopes that cartels would be put out of business.
Both Ortega and O'Rourke will bring up the conversation again at city council...
"Do I think it's out the door, do I think legalizing marijuana is out the door, no! Do I think it needs to be talked about sure I do but I think there are a number of things that need to be talked about."
The main focus is not on marijuana but on finding a solution that would stop the cartel violence in Juarez.
"This resolution one of the things it does, it directs Mayor Cook to request that President Obama come down here with President Calderon and have a meeting here in this community to offer a strategy that addresses the horrendous blood shed that's taking place in Juarez right now."
El Pasoans agree that the violence in Juarez is a problem but not all think marijuana is the solution...
"The killings are much greater than they were last year and the year before so I think it's getting worse and worse. but legalizing marijuana won't help? No, no I'm sorry but I don't agree with that."