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Friday, May 05, 2006

About that wall, Mr. Bush

Marijuana, the wall repellent

Mexico to Allow Use of Drugs

Fox will sign the bill, one of the world's most permissive policies, in a bid to curb trafficking. U.S. officials say it will lead to more addiction.
By Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
May 3, 2006

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign a bill that would legalize the use of nearly every drug and narcotic sold by the same Mexican cartels he's vowed to fight during his five years in office, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The list of illegal drugs approved for personal consumption by Mexico's Congress last week is enough to make one dizzy — or worse.

Cocaine. Heroin. LSD. Marijuana. PCP. Opium. Synthetic opiates. Mescaline. Peyote. Psilocybin mushrooms. Amphetamines. Methamphetamines.

And the per-person amounts approved for possession by anyone 18 or older could easily turn any college party into an all-nighter: half a gram of coke, a couple of Ecstasy pills, several doses of LSD, a few marijuana joints, a spoonful of heroin, 5 grams of opium and more than 2 pounds of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus.

The law would be among the most permissive in the world, putting Mexico in the company of the Netherlands. Critics, including U.S. drug policy officials, already are worrying that it will spur a domestic addiction problem and make Mexico a narco-tourism destination.

Even the Netherlands, famous for coffeehouses that sell small quantities of potent marijuana and hashish, forbids the possession and sale of narcotics. Colombia allows personal use of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, but not LSD or PCP.

Well, not quite

Fox Decides Not to Sign Drug Legalization Bill
By Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
May 4, 2006

MEXICO CITY — President Vicente Fox reversed course Wednesday and decided not to sign a drug legalization bill that critics on both sides of the border said would turn Mexico into a narcotics haven.

Fox administration officials had said Tuesday that the president would sign the bill, which set generous limits for the possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, opium, amphetamines and several natural and synthetic hallucinogens.

Late Wednesday, the Fox administration said in a news release that the president would return the bill to Congress to "make the needed corrections so it is absolutely clear in our country the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense."

Hmmm, funny thing about fences and good neighbors. They can make bad neighbors as well. You want to criminalize our citizens,we can eliminate our drug laws.

posted by Steve @ 1:05:00 AM

1:05:00 AM

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