Mexican President Vicente Fox was going to sign a bill legalizing small amounts of drugs for personal use, but changed his mind after having his arm twisted by George Bush...... ("Vicente, want me to start working on The Wall this week?"). This would have been a PR disaster for the "War on Drugs" fiasco. The crime rate would have fallen in Mexico, as it has in other countries that have legalized drugs for personal use.
It is imperative that American simpletons continue to believe that there is something inherently evil about illegal drugs, and that children continue receiving propaganda that states you will turn into a degenerate werewolve running amok if you use an illegal drug.
What would happen if cigarettes went from $4.00 a pack to $400.00 a pack ? Most people would quit smoking, but some would commit crimes to continue their addiction.
Legalize most drugs.....it's a no-brainer.
May 2, 2006
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) -- Mexico's president will approve a law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs to concentrate on fighting violent narco gangs, the government said Tuesday.
President Vicente Fox will not oppose the bill, passed by senators last week, presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar told reporters, despite likely tensions with the United States.
"The president is going to sign that law; there would be no objection," he said. "It appears to be a good law and an advance in combating narcotics trafficking."
The approval of the legislation, passed earlier by the lower house of Congress, surprised Washington, which counts on Mexico's support in its war against gangs that move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marij
May 3, 2006
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In a surprise reversal, Mexican President Vicente Fox will not sign a widely criticized reform to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, his office said on Wednesday.
The president's office said the law, which also toughened sentences for dealing and holding larger amounts of the intoxicants, would be sent back to Congress for revision.
"In our country the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, crimes," the office said in a statement.
Fox's decision was unexpected, given that the legislation was initially designed by his office and introduced by his party. This week, his spokesman praised the law and insisted the president would quickly sign it, despite rumblings from a shocked Washingtonuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.
Thanks to Steve for the comments and the excerpts.