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June 23, 2009


LA Times - Could Mexican cities become Latin Amsterdams, flooded by drug users seeking penalty-free tokes and toots? That is the fear, if somewhat overstated, of some Mexican officials, especially in northern border states that serve as a mecca for underage drinkers from the United States. The anxiety stems from the Mexican legislature's quiet vote to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs. . .

The battle between law enforcement authorities and drug suspects has claimed more than 11,000 lives since he took office in late 2006. . .

In May 2006, then-President Vicente Fox, of the same right-wing party as Calderon, vetoed a similar bill that he initially had supported. He backed down only under pressure from the Bush administration, which complained that decriminalization for even small amounts could increase use. . .

So far, the U.S. government has not publicly objected to the legislation. Michele Leonhart, acting director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, however, said in April that legalization "would be a failed law enforcement strategy for both the U.S. and Mexico."


Blogger Lars said...

The U.S. better hop to it if they don't want to lose out on the business opportunities here. Imagine Marlboro (or whatever their corporate parent is) losing out on the lucrative marijuana market because Mexico or Canada got the jump on legalizing, regulatin, and taxing it like any other legitimate drug slinging business (liquor, tobacco, big pharma).

June 23, 2009 2:04 PM  

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