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Mexico’s new drug use law worries US police

August 27th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Mexico’s new drug use law worries US police

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico now has one of the world’s most liberal laws for drug users after eliminating jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine.

“All right!” said a grinning Ivan Rojas, a rail-thin 20-year-old addict who endured police harassment during the decade he has spent sleeping in Mexico City’s gritty streets and subway stations.

But stunned police on the U.S. side of the border say the law contradicts President Felipe Calderon’s drug war, and some fear it could make Mexico a destination for drug-fueled spring breaks and tourism.

Tens of thousands of American college students flock to Cancun and Acapulco each year to party at beachside discos offering wet T-shirt contests and all-you-can-drink deals.

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Mexico’s new drug use law worries US police

WARNING: The original story has what some may find to be disturbing pictures of individual drug use.

Many say that the War on Drugs is not a winnable war. I believe they are wrong.

The War on Drugs CAN be won, even now, but to win you must have to have leaders that aren’t afraid to implement bold and drastic plans. It’s got to be fought in an entirely different way. We can’t just go out and bust users and street dealers. We must eradicate the Drug Lords, the suppliers, the crops and the illegal purchase of the chemicals that goes into the making of crack and crystal meth.

Close the border with Mexico. Shut Mexico OFF from ALL U.S. made products until such time that they clean up their own back yard. Disallow ALL travel to Mexico, as well as Central and South America. Vigorously ENFORCE those prohibitions.

Attack and DESTROY the ILLEGAL drug makers in THIS nation, wipe them out. Wipe out the marijuana growers. Burn them out. If they are burned in the process, too bad. It is, after all, WAR!

Addicts? Cut them OFF. Allow them ONE CHANCE at sobriety and rehabilitation. After that, let them leave the USA and go live in Mexico with it’s highly liberal drug usage laws, and NEVER let them return to the USA. In fact, ‘let them leave’ should be reworded, FORCE them to leave. Get straight or get OUT!

I have heard ALL of the arguments concerning a prohibition on drugs, and how a prohibition on booze didn’t work, hence, prohibition on ILLEGAL drugs won’t work either. Booze was a popular item, with the vast majority of Americans, I do NOT believe that cocaine, crack, meth, LSD and heroine enjoy that vast popularity. I am of the opinion that most Americans, those NOT on illegal drugs, are pretty well set against them and would gladly support their demise.

Enacted last week, the Mexican law is part of a growing trend across Latin America to treat drug use as a public health problem and make room in overcrowded prisons for violent traffickers rather than small-time users.

Brazil and Uruguay have already eliminated jail time for people carrying small amounts of drugs for personal use, although possession is still considered a crime in Brazil. Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled out prison for pot possession on Tuesday and officials say they plan to propose a law keeping drug consumers out of the justice system.

Is THAT what we want here in the USA? To fall even further into the cesspool of liberalism? Allow personal use amounts?? Just turn our backs and say, “Hey, it’s OK, he just had a gram of rock, no big deal”?

There is no such thing as a recreational user when you get into coke, crank, crack, meth and heroine. Drug abuse only gets worse with these drugs. They are, in many cases, instantly addictive, and then the user has to have more and more, and a gram is never enough.

Our prison system would be better served by housing vicious criminals. I have to ask you this, have you ever seen an addict that was desperate for a FIX? That is one of the most dangerous animals in America today. They will stop at nothing to get that fix. They will rob, steal, lie, cheat and if necessary, kill. The urge is that strong. They have NO pride, NO dignity and until they are DRUG FREE, they never will have!

Officials in those countries say they are not legalizing drugs - just drawing a line between users, dealers and traffickers amid a fierce drug war. Mexico’s law toughens penalties for selling drugs even as it relaxes the law against using them.

Do you know the difference between users, dealers and traffickers? Volume. That’s it. And a user will readily become a trafficker if he feels it will assure him a ready source of whatever drug it is that has a grip ON him.

Addicts can be treated, some have been known to toss drug use on their own, but that is a rare occurrence.

Treatment for addiction is expensive, and it takes a long time to happen, and it does NOT have a 100% certainty of success. A great majority of addicts return to the life at the 1st opportunity, or at the 1st sign of crisis in their new lives as a straight.

Total elimination of drugs will probably never happen. I don’t believe we have the leadership to accomplish too much in America any more, and drug eradication is very low on the list of priorities, but we can’t allow this USA to follow the example set by Mexico and a few other nations in the western hemisphere. We have already lost far too many Americans to the poison that IS narcotics. I just can’t see how legalization, even of small amounts, can possibly be the answer.

Police here in the USA have good reason to worry, their job is already difficult enough just enforcing the laws we already have. Once they have to begin dealing with stoned Americans returning from an open drug use zone such as Mexico, their job only becomes even more complicated!

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7 Responses to “Mexico’s new drug use law worries US police”

  1. comment number 1 by: Margaret

    You are so right on this issue. I have experienced this first hand with my late husband. He started off with pot when he was a teen and then ended up having a heart attack from crack. I was abused and put up with it far too long. I detest the idea of legalizing this stuff in our country! People think it is no big deal, well it is, it is destroying our youth and many cases leads to harder drugs for these people. All I can do is pray that God will wake all these people up here!

  2. comment number 2 by: minuteman26

    I second the above. Shut down all travel in and out of Mexico and Caldaron will have it cleaned up within a year.

  3. comment number 3 by: Kate

    Insanity! Having seen the effects of drug use up close and personal, I KNOW the way to fix the problem is not to make it easier to be a jackass, but as you said, Fred, make life totally miserable for users. Clean up IS possible. I’ve seen the results of that too. People end up living perfectly respectable lives, and manage to actually contribute.

  4. comment number 4 by: Katie

    I guess this is the CHANGE we are to expect now that Obama is in power.

  5. comment number 5 by: hardheadedtexan

    I grew up in the 70′s and 80′s and I wonder if my parents feared for our future like I fear for my kids future.
    Drugs top the list. I have quite a few cousins that are in jail for Meth. They are so far gone. When I joined the Navy in 88 they laughed at me. Best decision I ever made. This kinda news makes me nervous and sick.

  6. comment number 6 by: Silver Fox

    Drug use is a great problems and taking all legal restrictions off is a bad idea for Mexico and a worse idea here. It is a tough problem to get a handle on—draconian measures seldom work and need to be avoided—I see no easy solution.

  7. comment number 7 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Having seen the many lives that can be ruined by just one addict, they hurt families, will abuse their mate, steal from people who love them, and even kill people if need be to get their drugs. No TF, you prescription sounds like just the ticket. Drugs is what has weakened the moral fabric of America, IMHO.