Mexico Legalizes Drugs

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by the Mexican Congress.

The measure given final passage by senators late on Thursday allows police to focus on their battle against major drug dealers, the government says, and President Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law.

“This law provides more judicial tools for authorities to fight crime,” presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar said on Friday. The measure was approved earlier by the lower house.

16 Responses to “Mexico Legalizes Drugs”

  1. David M. Says:

    If that is not a reason to build the wall, I don’t know what is.

  2. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    Great! Now people wanting to get high legally dont have to waste so much jet fuel as is neccesary to get to Amsterdam. They can just “go down, to mexico” as Willy Nelson sings. There is every indication that mexican society can endure legalized drug use- Heck, they are even more broad minded and calm tempered as the Noble Dutch !

    Legalization on their part however is an afterthought and a formalization of what has become the mexican way of life. [along with graft, extortion, kidnapping, etc] From a strategic point of view, This is great for us, and this single development is a very sharp knife to stick into the eye of your elected reprsentatives when you call them [ 1 888 355 3588 ] Example: “Can you tell me what Sam Brownbacks position is on the legalization of drugs in mehicko please?” That sounds good. I think I’ll call the bastard RIGHT NOW!!!

  3. Shoshana Bernstein Says:

    The opposite of the Rockefeller laws. Thanks to this law, 1000’s of addicted people are in jail. Addicted should be in rehab, not in jail. This might be good.

  4. Rose Says:

    I’m with you David. Check out www.weneedafence.com

  5. Brad Says:

    (snark) Perhaps Mexico legalizing drugs could be a good thing for America. Maybe many of the illegal aliens in our country will return home to deal drugs to visiting gringos. It will create a whole new business opportunity. Heck maybe they will let some of us gringos become Mexican businessmen. (snark)

  6. Jes Says:

    Do All of You Think That the Mexicans are the only Ones who do Drugs?

  7. The Watchdog Says:

    No one has said that Jes.

  8. Quantum foam Says:

    So now we’ll have illegals crossing into the US who–in their own minds at least- are legally carrying illegal drugs.

    I can just imagine the backlog of court cases if we try to enforce US drug laws.

    The bleeding hearts are already priming themselves to cry us a river.

    Can someone tell me where the US is going AND why is it this basket?

  9. BorderRaven Says:

    WE can export our drug addicts to Mexico. I envision a defacto colony of drug addicts, taking possession of the land (Aztlan?) just south of the border. Drug addicts can move into border towns, plaqued with violence, as the drug cartels battle for the prime routes, and compete for new customers. I can see the drug addicts as being a “protected class”, seeing as they are bringing their money into Mexico. Can we get the travel and hospitality industry to cater to the drug addicts, and arrange “Drug Tours”?
    How about bars, lounges, clubs, etc, featuring environments, or atmospheres, created with lighting effects and music, that will enhance the effects of the drugs of choice?

    The border towns will get quite busy on the weekends, so you better go there during the week.

    More USD$ lost in Mexico.

    :/

    BR

  10. IllegalsGoHome Says:

    This is really quite amazing… A government’s MOST IMPORTANT DUTY to its citizens is to protect them, and here we have one condoning the use of drugs which are known to kill.

  11. Educated American Says:

    I dissent on the issue of the so-called “War on Drugs”. I just can’t believe that most Americans who are so correct on other issues, are so blind when it comes to the issue of drug prohibition. Prohibition causes violent criminal syndicates to thrive, corruption in domestic government, the jailing of citizens for victimless crimes, the corruption of foreign governments, and the loss of Constitutional liberty in a hopeless effort to “win” the war on drugs. All the above-mentioned problems occured during ALCOHOL PROHIBITION. Yet, Americans keep marching on decade after decade with the same “get tough” policies thinking something will change. Add to that Gary Webb’s (and others) research on U.S. government & Wall Street complicity and profit from global drug money and one realizes that the whole thing is one huge scam. How about Mena airport in Arkansas? The cocaine flights that came in there have been linked to both the Clintons and the Bushes - with the appropriate trail of dead bodies behind it.

    The only currently illegal drug I might be for an outright ban on is meth. The mere process of manufacture of that particular drug poses grave hazards to everyone - thus it is no longer a victimless crime . . . It is basically like toxic waste! It’s explosive, too!

    To ban substances like marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms is patently absurd. The War on Plants and Fungi! The War on Nature in its Natural State of Being! Just think on that for a moment . . . don’t you think making Nature illegal is a little bit, oh, I don’t know . . . UNNATURAL!?

    The War on Drugs is nearly a century old. WE started it because the medical establishment caved in to pressure from holier-than-thou puritanical progressives. These religious-based progressives thought they could “purify” the evils of intoxicating liqours and drugs from American society by making them illegal.

    And now we have violent drug cartels on our southern border threatening the safety of local American police officers, and causing a general menace around the border region. Do we see similar things with pharma drugs or alcohol? Of course not. Why? Because they are legalized and regulated.

    The legalization of small amounts of drugs by the Mexican government probably just means they don’t have the infrastructure to jail anymore people. But yes, it probably will become a haven for American tourists. Ironic - Americans have to leave their own nation to exercise the most basic of rights . . .

  12. The Watchdog Says:

    I agree with the Educated American.

    Legalizing drugs will not encourage people to use them. Addiction needs to be treated not criminalized.

  13. David Ortiz Says:

    Mexico will have a better chance of stoping major drug dealers. It makes no sense to go after people who are addicted to Cocaine or Marijuana. It makes more sense to go after the peole who sell it to them.

  14. Eddie B. Says:

    I sure don’t want to be on the road when any of the people who have just gotten their legal fixes are driving in any direction.

    Of course I am sure that the Mexican Government has no intention of becoming ENABLERS to American people who have, or are prone to substance abuse and addiction problems. Heroin and cocaine habits don’t take long to develop and pretty soon they will have a real steady flow of addicts that can be used as mules and transporters to payoff their habits.

    The cartels couldn’t ask for a better way to sell Mexico’s major export in a global economy. Hard drugs in legalized “snack packs”. Price comes down though with larger quantity purchases…

    This is getting worse every day.

  15. Sherri Says:

    I agree with the Educated American. Prohibition didn’t work. Making drugs illegal doesn’t work, either. People have been using these substances for centuries, and they haven’t stopped yet! Marijuana isn’t the problem that it’s been made out to be, so I think it should be legalized. Anyone who’s ever tried it knows that. It’s meth that’s the real problem! It’s a scourge on any society it touches, and law enforcement can’t keep up because they’re too busy making pot busts so the Feds can justify their budgets for the failed “War On Drugs”.

  16. Megan Says:

    Thank you, Educated American, for a response that lives up to your name. Apparently individual liberties (however morally repugnant they might be to some) mean nothing anymore to a lot of people. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, so what makes us think it will work for drugs? It’s ridiculous that our society has such a condescending attitude toward people that have done drugs- I can think of a lot of worse things a person could do. There are convicted sex offenders and people who are found guilty of manslaughter in this country that get shorter prison terms than people caught with drugs. Adults should be able to make decisions as to what goes into their bodies, and this goes for anything, not just pot.

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