Friday, April 28, 2006
Mexico Decriminalizes Marijuana. Good.
"Mexico to Decriminalize Pot, Cocaine, and Heroin," by Noel Randewich, Reuters, 29 April 2006, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-04-29T010531Z_01_N281836_RTRUKOC_0_UK-MEXICO-DRUGS.xml.
President Fox, of the Mexican United States, isn't only repealing almost criminal laws that destroy families
Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if they are in small amounts for personal use under new reforms passed by Congress that quickly drew U.S. criticism.
The measure given final passage 53-26 by senators in a late night session on Thursday is aimed at letting police focus on their battle against major drug dealers, and President Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law.
The Mexican United States: Lands of Freedom
He's also mimicking Chief Justice John Roberts.
Like John Roberts, who correctly saw no reason why "international law" should decide a nation's drug policies, Mexico's policies are likewise being enacted without kowtowing to foreign powers.
The legislation came as a shock to Washington, which counts on Mexico's support in its war against drug smuggling gangs who move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.
"I would say any law that decriminalizes dangerous drugs is not very helpful," said Judith Bryan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. "Drugs are dangerous. We don't think it is the appropriate way to go."
She said U.S. officials were still studying the reforms, under which police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine.
Fox has been seen as a loyal ally of the United States in the war on drugs, but the reforms could create new tensions.
A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Mexico last week and met with senior officials to discuss drug control issues, but was told nothing of the planned legislative changes, said Michelle Gress, a House subcommittee counsel who was part of the visiting team. "We were not informed," she said.
Unfortunatley, it is on drug policies where our federal government acts most profoundly against its Constitution. Our Constitution guarantees individual rights and states rights, but the federal government runs over both in order to enforce "the one right way" over our fifty United States.
This isn't just anti-federalist. It's against our long term interests, too, by making territorially expansion more difficult and hampering the Continental adoption of the English language.
Instead, our central government is wrapped up in Health Mullahism, going the wrong way on free market medications.
Mexico City gets freedom. Does Washingon?
It will be interesting to see how this affects the cartals power. Can lower prices in Mexico (since its no longer illegal) lessen their power or does the vast majoirity of their money and power come from trade with Americans?
Posted by: Catholicgauze | Saturday, April 29, 2006
Catholicgauze, good question. By increasing the portion of the transaction that can be done legally, it takes away a core competency of illegal organizations in the trade (the extent to which they can operate illegally without being caught).
This is why schemes like John Robb's "Global Guerrillas"  are ultimately impractical -- in an open environment, they will be out-competed by lawful organizations. See the discussion of the BGDN  for some more of this
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Monday, May 01, 2006
I am still unsure of how we should go about drug law reform, but legalizing cocaine and heroin alone would almost diminish the power of global drug cartels and the various middle-men (such as Al-Qaeda) in between. If a legal competitor is being harassed by black-market dealers, they can always go to the police, and chances are the dealers will not have any fiscal power over the police given their new disposition.
Of course, this is in major contrast of current methods of economic competition that usually involve a car bomb or head shot. Today’s drug laws basically drive the industry to that of yesterday’s rape-and-pillaging.
Posted by: Jeffrey James | Tuesday, May 09, 2006
It sure would hurt your SD drug business Jeff.
Posted by: scott | Friday, December 15, 2006
How does Jeff being a drug baron (or not) make any of his beliefs right or wrong?
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, December 17, 2006
I guess that Mexico will now become a very popular touristic destination for lots of people who want to do drugs and not worry about the police "sniffing" them out:)) But being serious about this, I think that Mexico made the right choice taking in consideration the problems they have with drug cartels.
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