Viva Mexico!

This is great news, and I hope it becomes law. While I am very happy to see Mexico move towards more sensible drug policy, until these drugs are legalized and the big money motive removed, there will be no end to the senseless violence that follows this trade around. But at least [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

This is great news, and I hope it becomes law. While I am very happy to see Mexico move towards more sensible drug policy, until these drugs are legalized and the big money motive removed, there will be no end to the senseless violence that follows this trade around. But at least jails will not be filled up with users in some phony show that they’™re tough on crime or some other such silliness.

One of my biggest problems with Venezuela, the country I wanted so desperately to love, was the drug prohibition. At times, they made the U.S. seem downright progressive. Because marijuana and cocaine possession carry the same penalites, cocaine is cheaper and easier to get than marijuana. And of course the system is so corrupt, that the dealers, since they can pay off the cops, get off, and the jails are filled with people busted for simple possession. Of course, drug use is still rampant, there’™s just way more crime and fear surrounding it than necessary. I’™m still really perplexed why it’™s like that there, and who Chavez is trying to impress with such a severe anti-drug stance.

I’™m a bit afraid to see the U.S. reaction to Mexico though, especially in light of the immigration imbroglio – they might have to build the fence even higher! But whatever’¦if this law passes, I know what my next destination will be.

Friday, April 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

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