Back to the Future

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Pena Nieto is mobbed by supporters after casting his vote during the presidential election in July

Like doleful mariachi singers, Mexican leaders often lament that their country is "so far from God, so close to the United States." Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto doesn't take office until Dec. 1, but he already faces a cross-border conundrum. On Nov. 6, voters in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana — leaving Mexico, where 60,000 people have been killed in ghastly drug violence over the past six years, to ponder whether its cops should now scratch cannabis off their interdiction list and whether Mexico itself should just go ahead and make weed as legal as...

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