El Paso City Council To Debate Legalizing Drugs

Last Tuesday Mayor John Cook vetoed a unanimous city council resolution asking the U.S. Government to have a serious discussion about legalizing narcotics. On Tuesday, city council will have an opportunity to overturn the veto.

City Councilman Beto O’Rourke put the item back on the agenda. The amendment to have the drug discussion is part of a bigger resolution introduced by the Border Relations Committee. The idea of the resolution was to show support for Mexico during this violent time. However, the committee says once O’Rourke’s amendment was added to the equation everything else in the resolution, like cracking down on weapons going into Mexico, was forgotten.

“The subject matter persuaded by Mr. O’Rourke has its place but not in the proposal made to city council,” said Jose Contreras, of the Border Relations Committee. “It created havoc with us and the press ran away with it all over the country, and this is not the idea we had for a resolution like this, they completely forgot about the resolution.”

O’Rourke said the so called ‘War on Drugs” has been going on for 40 years and nothing has worked so why not try something new. “We’re not arguing that the U.S. legalize drugs we’re just asking that all options be on the table and I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have a discussion,” said O’Rourke.

In order to overturn Cook’s veto the council will need a super majority vote, which means at least six council members.

SOURCE: Robert Boyd KDBC 4 News
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