POSTED: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 3:02pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 12:15am
El Paso - The legalization of marijuana is once again gaining support from El Paso leaders.
Councilmembers Beto O'Rourke and Susie Byrd organized an event today at the Paso Del Norte bridge which aimed to grab Washington's attention on the issue.
This week President Obama is meeting with Mexico President Calderon.
O'Rourke says he is supporting a move to regulate and tax marijuana because the status quo is not working.
"I try to make very clear this is not a silver bullet this idea of ending prohibition of marijuana," O'Rourke said. "I think it would significantly destabilize the cartels and weaken their ability to do what they're doing in Juarez today which is to kill and terrorize with impunity."
O'Rourke says experts have predicted the prohibition of marijuana would save the federal government $20 billion a year.