The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to jointly develop and produce the drugs and other contraband that they are currently producing on their respective territories, the U.N. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said.
is already developing its own marijuana for export, but Mexico has been slow to agree to the DEA’s proposal, the agency said.
“In order to reach a successful conclusion, we will need to make the DEA and the Mexican government aware of the significant progress made so far and share that progress with them so that they can further accelerate the joint development of controlled substances,” DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement.
“This cooperation will provide our nation with a strong foundation for our mutual response to the growing global drug threat, and also allow for enhanced collaboration and cooperation with Mexico.”
Mexico is a member of the Organization of American States, the world’s biggest drug-control organization.
It is part of the United Nations.
The DEA said the joint venture will be led by Mexican-American drug traffickers and other stakeholders, including foreign police, prison guards, drug rehabilitation experts and other experts.
Mexico’s drug war has claimed more than 1,000 lives.
The United States and Mexico had previously signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint production and distribution agreement, but it was never signed.
The pact calls for the joint production of controlled drugs for both countries, including marijuana, and will be overseen by the Mexican Foreign Ministry.