Border Govs. See Drug Trafficking as a Public Health Issue
Governors from the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border have agreed to form a "commission of scholars" to study drug trafficking as a public health issue, the AP/Nando Times reports. Announced on the last day of the 19th annual Border Governors' Conference in Tampico, Mexico, the idea was proposed by Mexican governors and supported by their American counterparts. New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R), who supports decriminalizing marijuana, "praised" the idea, saying that ending the prohibition of drugs would reduce violence, corruption and other problems on the border. Chihuahua Gov. Patricio Martinez said the commission would consider "not only ... prohibition [of drugs] but also in given time their approval for medicinal purposes or for rehabilitation or for other reasons." Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico participated in the conference (Watson, AP/Nando Times, 6/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.