About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cuernavaca, 1940

In the folder of correspondence from the department of tourist development for the state of Morelos I found an interesting note. It seems that in 1940 a local doctor sent a note to the tourist board and the governor making a little suggestion. He seemed to feel that the production and export of marijuana and amapola (poppies) might be damaging to Mexico's international image and to tourism and suggested that the police be clued in to this fact and increase their restrictions on the production and distribution of said goods. Flash forward 70 years...

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