Mexico's New Drug Policy

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  1. StorminNorman Registered

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060502/ts_nm/mexico_drugs_dc_1

    MEXICO CITY (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 on 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, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.
    Under the law, police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin. Nor does the law penalize possession of 500 milligrams of cocaine -- enough for a few lines.
    The legal changes will also decriminalize the possession of limited quantities of LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, amphetamines, ecstasy and peyote -- a psychotropic cactus found in Mexico's northern deserts.
    Hundreds of people, including many police officers, have been killed in Mexico in the past year as drug cartels battle for control of lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.
    The violence has raged mostly in northern Mexico but in recent months has spread south to cities such as vacation resort Acapulco.
    While likely to complicate relations with the U.S. government, the legislation has drawn relatively little attention from the media in Mexico, where drug use is less common than in the United States.
    Aguilar did not say when Fox would sign the bill.
    Under current law, it is up to local judges and police to decide on a case-by-case basis whether people should be prosecuted for possessing small quantities of drugs.

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    So, will illegal immigration INTO Mexico increase after this? :)
     
  2. PLAS Registered

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    although it's interesting and really good news, leaving it to a police officer's criteria is a bad idea... some of them here barely have elementary school education

    but nonetheless is great news
     
  3. Admiral_N8 I Look Like THOR

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    How is the government telling all the kids that its okay to have drugs in small amounts physically on you a good thing PLAS?


    That is defiNATEly the wrong message to send young mexicans, especially because its such a big problem already.
     
  4. KingOfDreams Registered

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    Hmm, if only the U.S. would do this. Well, at least for marijuana. That's really not that dangerous. Hard drugs like cocaine and heroin are. But even so, anything isn't bad if done in moderation...although this is hard for most people because drugs are addictive.
     
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    Do You think the USA should legalize cocaine and heroin?
     
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    It would mitigate the spread of HIV a bit.
     
  8. KingOfDreams Registered

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    No. Did I say that?
     
  9. Corinthian™ <insert witty title>

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    I shall post becaus it is the nice combination of three Sandman related names in a row
     
  10. Admiral_N8 I Look Like THOR

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    No, I never said you did.:confused:


    Just asked a question.....
     
  11. Corinthian™ <insert witty title>

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    those are the things that get you flamed
     
  12. Admiral_N8 I Look Like THOR

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    Apparently.

    I've noticed you get flamed if you have a conservative opinion, pretty simple...and funny
     
  13. KingOfDreams Registered

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    :up:
     
  14. Corinthian™ <insert witty title>

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    I meant putting words in people's posts...
     
  15. Admiral_N8 I Look Like THOR

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    I didnt, I just asked him a question....understand?:up:
     
  16. Maxwell Smart Registered

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    Thats it, Corinthian! Fold out the couch bed. ¡Me estoy yendo para méxico mañana! :mad: :D
     
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    we don't have no coucch bed...

    you will sleep with him
    [​IMG]
     
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    Mexican President: TAKE THIS CANADA, YOU DIRTY MOTHER ****AS!!!!!!
     
  19. Maxwell Smart Registered

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    This dog house here is mighty small
    But it’s better than no house at all
    So ease it on over (move it on over)
    Drag it on over (move it on over)
    Move over old dog cause a new dog’s moving in
     
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    I need to see the effects of this before I can really give a balanced comment. Its a first thats for sure...I am not sure Mexico is the right testing ground for such a policy.
     
  21. Maxwell Smart Registered

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    Hasn't Canada already done this?
     
  22. PLAS Registered

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    most penalized drugs are really not much different from alcohol, but the main difference is that illegal drugs carry an inherent stigma with them, for example, most people have the idea that being a pothead is much worse than being an alcoholic

    I've met way too many people who've said "I'd rather be an alcoholic than smoke pot" which is a pretty ignorant idea in itself

    making this policy would only be the first step in having people culturized about more acurate and objective views about this topic
     
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    well . . . instead of immigrants coming over to this side of the border; this gives me a reason to go the other way . . . makes sense
     
  24. PLAS Registered

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    it's as good as any other
     
  25. PLAS Registered

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    yeah, but we're going to make a law where no pinches gringos will be allowed to carry them



    mwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
     

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