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Mexico to Decriminalize Cocaine/Marijuana

Discussion in 'News' started by Gunm, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2

    Spring break just took on a whole new level of insanity....

    Hell, every little weekend excursion down to mexico just took on a new level of insanity.

    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 penalize 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 decriminalize 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.
    Hector Michel Camarena, an opposition senator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, warned that although well intentioned, the law may go too far.
    "There are serious questions we have to carefully analyze so that through our spirit of fighting drug dealing, we don't end up legalizing," he said. "We have to get rid of the concept of the (drug) consumer."
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2006
  2. MAR

    MAR Veteran Member

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    yipes bad news.
  3. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    I didn't know it was 'criminalized'...
  4. dirtydoses

    dirtydoses Veteran Member

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  5. heavyLox

    heavyLox Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 2, 2002 Messages: 7,196 Likes Received: 17
    if they can jsut get the kidnap number down a bit, im in.
  6. grandponeroyal

    grandponeroyal Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 5, 2005 Messages: 182 Likes Received: 0
    they only kidnap rich kids...mostly americans
  7. The Man with the Answers

    The Man with the Answers Member

    Joined: Apr 8, 2006 Messages: 781 Likes Received: 2
    google oner got it right once again...

    but does that mean i can finally buy REAL "spanish fly"????
  8. vaybur

    vaybur New Jack

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    I would go for the decriminalization on the grounds of limiting the number of "small fish" in the system but I can't imagine that a country rampant with large drug cartels really spends a lot of money on weekend warriors. This is just retarded
  9. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

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    youll have to go to spain to get spanish fly. sadly.

    i think ill be in the big G next year (gualadahara) theres a j in there but i dont know where. maybe ill turn into a weekend warrior and go buy some lsd, peyote, meth and a sombrero, some cowboy boots, a chileco (one of those vest things), refried beans and a bottle of tequila, and a bullwhip and paint the town red. all completely legal.

    lets hope canada does it next and puts america between two drugged out neighbors. party in the border states!
  10. krs702

    krs702 Senior Member

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    so, help the abusers, snatch the big boys then complete obliteration of all drugs, no more users.
  11. After School Special

    After School Special Banned

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 8,181 Likes Received: 225
    You can't fight drugs.

    Shit's just a reality of living.
  12. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    I think they should just straight up legalize marijuana. And maybe cocoa leaves. And maybe a couple of other things... anyways.... There's a HUGE market for it, it's an undeniable fact. It's not just going to go away. They can take down a cartel, and another will pop up in it's place. The best way to control it would be to legalize it. Instead, by criminalizing such a huge part of the economy, they are actually empowering illegal drug cartels. Mexico would probably profit greatly if it embraced this black market. Marijuana is a major cash crop.
  13. segwaynwp

    segwaynwp New Jack

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    cocoa leaves were never illegal as far as i know. its the coca leaves that are illegal
  14. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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  15. ( . Y . )

    ( . Y . ) Member

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    now i know where my next vacation is