Fifteen minutes are all President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto gets to speak to President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. While many hope that immigration, border security and marijuana’s legalization are touched upon, the truth is that the two leaders will spend their first short meeting building trust and establishing how they want to reframe their cooperative relationship.
Experts agree Peña Nieto must remind Obama and America, the world’s number one drug consumer, of the human cost of their consumption.
“He has to make the point, I don’t know how to put this gently, but say, ‘Hey, we’re dying down here quite literally because of US consumption of drugs so be careful how you handle legalization because we’re the ones putting our lives on the line,’” says Olson. He believes there’s room for a bigger and broader discussion, not just between the US and Mexico, but Latin America as well, about drugs since past efforts haven’t changed the dynamic or the situation.