Mexican president-elect Peña Nieto has a lot to ponder as he prepares to take the reins of the government on December 1st. Not the least of his challenges: how to deal with a military-style campaign against the drug cartels that has spun out of control.
For the past six years, outgoing President Felipe Calderón has waged a brutal war against the drug cartels in his country — a war that in 2011 alone saw approximately 12,000 people killed. There is some encouraging news, however, as Nieto has expressed that he is willing to consider alternative options to his country’s approach on marijuana prohibition.
Luis Videgaray, a top adviser to Nieto, signaled that the president-elect could be open new approaches in dealing with the out of control drug violence in Mexico. According to The Washington Post: