This video starts with former Mexican President Vicente Fox saying, “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall”, so it’s already worth watching for that, but stay to hear what Presidente Fox says about Latinos in the U.S. who support Trump (like those who voted for him in the Nevada Caucus).
Budding marijuana mogul Jamen Shively is building the nation’s first retail brand of marijuana, he announced at a Seattle press conference on Thursday, alongside former Mexican president Vicente Fox. The 45-year-old former corporate strategy manager at Microsoft has been developing a chain of retail stores, already dubbed “the Starbucks of pot." "It’s a giant market in search of a brand,” he said of the world-wide marijuana industry (estimated at $142 billion). “We would be happy if we get 40 percent of it worldwide." The self-proclaimed "amateur evangelist of cannabis” said he has only recently “fallen in love” with pot after smoking it for the first time 18 months ago. Since then, he has been purchasing marijuana dispensaries in Washington and Colorado, where recreational pot was legalized last November. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a unique moment in history,” Shively said Thursday. “The Berlin Wall of the prohibition of cannabis is weak, and it is crumbling as we speak.” The brand will be called “Diego Pellicer” after Shively’s great-grandfather, who he claims was a major hemp grower. All that remains is the cash. Shively is currently seeking investors for the estimated $10 million needed to launch the company—but he seems optimistic. “Let’s go big or go home,” he said. “We’re going to mint more millionaires than Microsoft with this business.”
As far as legal issues, Shively said he’s not concerned about the federal government cracking down—all his dispensaries comply with local and state law, and his business will be transparent. “If [the feds] want to come talk to me, I’ll be delighted to meet with them,” he said. “I’ll tell them everything that we’re doing and show them all our books.” He plans to launch the brand both domestically and internationally, and said he and Fox “intend to pursue” the possibility of a marijuana trade between Mexico and the US. The former Mexican president, who has advocated for legalization of all drugs, called Shively’s vision a “game changer." Fox has been vocal in his opposition to the aggressive drug war tactics in Mexico, and added that he was glad to be working alongside Shively, instead of notorious Mexican drug lord, Chapo Guzman. ”It’s time for a new start, a new vision,“ he said, ”That’s why I applaud this group.“
Vicente Fox Mocked After Claiming He Was a Better President Than Benito Juárez
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox told an interviewer this weekend that he considers himself by far Mexico’s best president, adding, “[That’s] including Juárez,” referring to Mexico’s most revered political figure, Benito Juárez.
Facebook and Twitter users quickly jumped online to mock Fox’s statement, many calling it “ridiculous.”
Benito Juárez was a full-blooded Zapotec Indian who rose from poverty to become a lawyer, governor of Oaxaca and president of Mexico. As president, Juárez led liberal reforms that secularized the country and modernized the economy. He also led the resistance to French occupation which ended with him ordering the execution of Maximilian in 1867.
Fox, on the other hand, was a Coca-Cola executive who is best known for ousting the PRI in 2000. He made news recently for coming out in favor of legalized marijuana.
This is not the first time Fox has put his foot in his mouth. In 2002, as host of a UN summit, he infamously told then Cuban president Fidel Castro to “eat and leave” so as to not cause an inconvenience to US president George W. Bush.
Vicente Fox Endorses Plan to Mass Produce, Sell Marijuana in US
The former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, appeared at a press conference on Thursday in Seattle to say he supports a private initiative by former Microsoft manager Jamen Shively to create the first national retail brand of legal marijuana.
Shively’s ambitious plan is to mass produce, distribute and sell marijuana throughout the United States, with operations opening first in Washington and Colorado, where its recreational use was voted in in November 2012.
In an interview with CNN, Vicente Fox assured Wolf Blitzer he has no financial stake in Shively’s venture, but with Fox it’s not always clear. In recent years, Fox has been known to say or do whatever is politically — and financially! — convenient for him.
Archeologists Protest the Destruction, Commercialization of Mexico's Cultural Heritage
Mexican archeologists and researchers are finally saying enough to the over-commercialization and destruction of sites recognized by Mexico’s constitution as national patrimony after years of abuse and mistreatment.
From Elton John performing a concert (click on video above) at the steps of the Temple of Kulkulkan to Jennifer López shooting a video at the same site, private concerts, events, and other forms of commercialization have become a mainstay in recent years, something that many consider desecration.
Felipe Echenique, spokesman for the National Union of INAH Investigators, says such abuse has long been the norm, but began proliferating under Salinas de Gortari, seeing a steep increase with the ultra-right PAN administrations of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón.
INAH archeologists say an even more egregious development is taking place in Tzintzuntzan, the ancestral capitol of the P'urépecha nation in the state of Michoacan, where a museum is currently being constructed just feet from the yacatas, the distinctive circular temple mounts, or pyramids, unique to P'urépecha sites.
“We know that when the Spanish would arrive to Indigenous communities, they’d build churches on top of their main buildings. Now it appears that these [INAH] government officials are saying the Spanish conquest is not yet over,” said Echenique.
“It’s not only that they’re not complying with the law, but it’s continuing the vengefulness of Mexico’s ultra-right against Mexico’s history; erasing memory.”
There are more 200,000 pre-European contact Indigenous sites under the domain of INAH, Mexico’s National Institute of Archeology and History.