Mexico has work to do if cannabis is legalized

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By JERRY PACHECO

When I lived and worked in Mexico City, illegal drugs were shunned by the “gente decente” (decent people) in virtually all classes.

Being known as a drug user carried a very bad stigma. At the time, I had the unfortunate luck of having my name be Pacheco, which in Mexico was used as slang equivalent to “stoner” in the U.S. Asking somebody, “Eres muy Pacheco?” meant, “Are you really stoned?” However, even joking about smoking marijuana or other drugs was generally frowned upon.

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