|Photo: Ruben R. Ramirez/El Paso Times|
|El Paso City Rep. Susie Byrd spoke concerning the drug violence taking place in Juarez during a press conference at Lion’s Placita at the foot of the Paso Del Norte Bridge Monday.|
Two city representatives from El Paso, Texas, called a news conference Monday to say they believe reforming drug laws and legalizing marijuana would help reduce drug cartel related violence in Mexico, reports Diana Washington Valdez at the El Paso Times.
City Reps. Beto O’Rourke and Susie Byrd, joined at the border’s Paso del Norte Bridge by fellow city Reps. Steve Ortega and Ann Morgan Lilly, displayed a declaration in support of Juárez, the Mexican city just across the border from El Paso which has been wracked with horrifying violence as drug smuggling cartels vie for supremacy and market share.
”Those who think they have the moral high ground by supporting prohibition are not giving proper attention to the disastrous consequences of that tragically misguided policy,” said Oscar J. Martinez, a history professor and border expert at the University of Arizona who is also a native of Juárez.