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Mexico set to decriminalise pot and cocaine
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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.
Under the legislation, police will not penalise people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine.
People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan.
The legal changes will also decriminalise the possession of limited quantities of other drugs, including LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, amphetamines and peyote -- a psychotropic cactus found in Mexico's northern deserts.
Hundreds of people, including several police officers, have been killed in the past year as drug cartels battle authorities and compete with each other for control of lucrative cocaine, marijuana and heroin smuggling routes from Mexico into the United States.
The violence has raged mostly in northern Mexico but in recent months has spread south to cities like vacation resort Acapulco.
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, a source at the Senate's health commission told Reuters.
"The object of this law is to not put consumers in jail, but rather those who sell and poison," said Sen. Jorge Zermeno of the ruling National Action Party.
Fifty-three senators voted for the bill with 26 votes against it.

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Interesting approach, and one that's been proposed in North America before, should be interesting to see what the social effects are.
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Don't think Bush has a problem with Mexicans using drugs, he just doesn't want it coming into the states, and frankly opening up the court system and police resources to go after the big guys is probably the best way.

If it were Canada, Bush might be worried about precedents, etc, because Canada is considered more of a proxy for the states than Mexico (in my opinion anyways)


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Not so fast!

Mexico set to criminalize paranoia, excessive blinking, and inflated pseudo-confidence
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's official opposition party was quick to critisize Vicente Fox's new legislation aimed at freeing up much needed resources in the war against droogs. The new legislation, given final passage by senators late on Thursday, effectively decriminalizes personal possession of cocaine and heroin. However, critics are quick to point out that Fox's cabinet passed another piece of legislation early Friday morning with little fanfare which targets excessively self-important people and those exhibiting signs of "severe and aggressive paranoia". The opposition maintains that Fox's Thursday legislation was merely a vote-grab and that Friday's legislation will, in effect, replace the old legislation targeting users.

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Mexican drug-use bill to be toughened

By S. Lynne Walker

May 3, 2006

MEXICO CITY – Stung by opposition to a bill that would permit the possession of small quantities of narcotics, a top Mexican senator said yesterday the legislation will be toughened to reassure critics that Mexico is not opening its doors to drug users.

President Vicente Fox's government has been bombarded with questions over the past five days from U.S. and Mexican officials who worry that Mexico is backing away from drug enforcement.

Fox's spokesman said the president will sign the bill, but there are signals that Fox may be distancing himself from the legislation, which his office said differs from the proposal he sent to Congress in January 2004.

When San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met yesterday with Luis Cabrera, the Mexican consul general in San Diego, Cabrera “started by saying: 'First, you need to know the president hasn't signed the bill. It's just a bill,' ” said mayoral spokesman Fred Sainz.

“When you lead with that, you know your argument has problems,” Sainz said.

As that meeting was taking place in San Diego, Karen Tandy, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was expressing her concerns during a meeting in Mexico City with Public Security Minister Eduardo Medina-Mora.

Baja California Gov. Eugenio Elorduy called Medina-Mora to discuss the impact the law would have on border cities such as Tijuana.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials met with representatives of the Fox government in Washington, D.C., on Monday and “urged them to clarify the law so it would not make it attractive to those who would go to Mexico to use drugs,” said Judith Bryan, press attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Sanders, who has called Friday's 53-26 Senate vote “appallingly stupid,” was not swayed by Cabrera's assurances.

“Let's be truthful. 'Small quantities' is a diplomatic nicety that is fairly transparent,” Sainz said. “We remain incredibly concerned. If passed, this would be a law enforcement problem for our county, a judicial problem for our county and a public health emergency for our county.”

Sen. Jorge Zermeño, a member of Fox's National Action Party who heads the Senate's justice committee, said the controversy boils down to one word – “user.”

“What generated all this confusion and what distorted the fundamental objective of the law was that the legislators added the word 'user,' ” Zermeño said. “We are going to present a modification to this reform to eliminate the confusion.”

The current criminal code allows judges to waive jail time for people who can prove they are addicts and possess drugs “for personal use.”

Mexican officials said they were changing the law because current laws do not define the amount of drugs one can possess without being subject to criminal prosecution. Officials said dealers caught with drugs would say they were addicts and that the drugs they possessed were for personal use to avoid jail, even when they might be carrying dozens of doses.

The new bill is aimed at clarifying possession for personal use while cracking down on small-time dealers, Zermeño said.

“The objective is not to send drug users to jail,” Zermeño said. “The objective is to jail those who sell, those who traffic, those who enrich themselves, those who poison others.

“Now, it looks to everyone like we are legalizing, that we are authorizing people to carry these quantities of drugs because they are users. We have to eliminate the word 'user' so that only those people who can show that they have an addiction, who have a medical prescription, can possess these quantities.”

The bill also gives new authority to local and state law enforcement to arrest drug dealers. Now, only federal law enforcement can arrest people on drug charges.

“With this reform, more people go to jail,” said Luis Javier Algorri Franco, Tijuana's minister of security.

Medina-Mora said the law “constitutes an indisputable advance in the efforts of the Mexican government to fight small-scale trafficking and drug addiction.”

Small-scale trafficking is now one of the biggest threats to public security, he said. Mexico's youths and children are consuming drugs at an alarming pace, with per-capita use growing at an annual rate of 20 percent over the past 10 years.

As the demand for cocaine has declined in the United States, more of the drug is being sold by cartels in Mexico, Medina-Mora said. Sales of hard drugs have fallen so dramatically that the cartels earned more money last year from marijuana than from cocaine, he added.

But he insisted that Mexico will not become a playground for international drug users.

“They will not find in our country a paradise for illegal activities,” he said. “Mexico is not, has not been, and will not be a refuge for anybody who wants to come to our country to consume drugs.

But Sainz said yesterday, “We believe that the fact that it remains illegal to sell drugs, but it would be legal to possess them, is a distinction without difference.”

Sainz and San Diego's director of binational affairs, Alejandra Gavaldón, who both speak Spanish, read the Mexican legislation Monday. They were disturbed that the bill would allow some users to possess small quantities of marijuana, Ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin.

But Cabrera said the law does not mean that someone found with a small quantity of drugs will not go through the legal system.

“This doesn't mean that a person won't be brought to a prosecutor or judge,” he said. “A person found with a certain amount below (the threshold) will be sent to a prosecuting agent.”

Cabrera said prosecutors will make individual decisions in these minor drug cases as to what is the appropriate punishment. A fine could be levied, or the person could be sent to jail for a few days. If the person is an addict, he or she could be required to go to a drug rehabilitation program, Cabrera said.

Medina-Mora said, “With all due respect to the mayor of San Diego, our youths, our children are just as much of a concern for us as the young people who visit our country.”

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Mexico's Fox backs down on drug law



MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - In a surprise reversal, Mexican President Vicente Fox will not sign widely criticized narcotics legislation 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 of discontent from Washington.

The legislation, passed by Congress last week, shocked Mexico's northern neighbor, which counts on its support in a war against gangs that move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.

It was also criticized by authorities in Mexican tourist towns who worried about a flood of hard-partying U.S. thrill seekers attracted by the new, lenient rules.
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Don't think Bush has a problem with Mexicans using drugs, he just doesn't want it coming into the states, and frankly opening up the court system and police resources to go after the big guys is probably the best way.
He just doesn't want it coming into America except through authorized dealers. ;)


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i guess the bill is one way to woo tourists back since they tried to shunt off the stabbing murders of two canadian tourists as the work of canadians who had a grudge, instead of investigating the matter properly.

boo-hoo: wonder what vincente will do now? stupid tit.

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El Flip Flop!!

Mexico U-turn over drugs policy
Mexico's president has demanded changes to a bill passed by Congress that would see some drugs decriminalised, a day after saying he would sign it into law.

The bill, as it stands, would legalise possession of small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and heroin for personal use.

President Vicente Fox has returned the measure to Congress, saying it should make clear that possessing and using drugs will remain a criminal offence.

Mr Fox has been accused in the Mexican media of bowing to US pressure.

US officials had voiced concern that more lenient policies in Mexico could lead to a wave of drugs-related tourism across the border.

US pressure

California Mayor Jerry Sanders - who had earlier said he was "appalled" - welcomed Mr Fox's decision to amend the bill.

"I'm glad that he has listened to the many voices opposing the bill and made changes that will make good enforcement and not legalise drugs," Mr Sanders said.

"We have been a partner with Mexico in fighting against illegal drugs, and this will only help in the long-term in that relationship."

Earlier on Wednesday, US embassy spokesperson Judith Bryan said US officials had "urged Mexican representatives to review the legislation urgently, to avoid the perception that drug-use would be tolerated in Mexico, and to prevent drug tourism".

The legislation passed by Congress was initially designed by the president's office and introduced by his National Action Party. Officials have said the proposal was then changed by legislators.

In a statement, Mr Fox did not refer to the US criticism but acknowledged the bill had stirred up controversy.

"With sensitivity toward the opinions expressed by various sectors of society, the administration has decided to suggest changes to the content of the bill," he said.


With sensitivity toward the opinions expressed by various sectors of society, the administration has decided to suggest changes to the content of the bill. President Vicente Fox

ElPresidente Fox just isn't working with us
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this kind of discourse is encouraging.....but only for so long. someone have the balls to step-up.