Mexico Decriminalizes Small Drug Amounts

I’ve been a long-term advocate of legalizing drugs. My mantra against the war on drugs is, “If you can’t keep drugs out of prison, you can’t keep them out of the U.S.!” I was happy to see that Mexico is legalizing small drug amounts.

The new law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution.

Our drug laws are one reason we have so many people in prison or probation or parole. According to Wikipedia:

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate, and total documented prison population in the world. As of year-end 2007, a record 7.2 million people were behind bars, on probation or on parole. Of the total, 2.3 million were incarcerated. More than 1 in 100 American adults were incarcerated at the start of 2008. The People’s Republic of China ranks second with 1.5 million, while having four times the population, thus having only about 18% of the US incarceration rate.
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…half of all persons incarcerated under state jurisdiction are for non-violent offences, and 20% (in State prisons, whereas Federal prison percentages are higher) are incarcerated for drug offenses

Then we have the money aspect. If drugs were legalized, the profit motive would be taken away. Much political corruption would be gone.

I commend Mexico for its actions

Mexico has emphasized the need to differentiate drug addicts and casual users from the violent traffickers whose turf battles have contributed to the deaths of more than 11,000 people since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006

We could emulate this fine example.

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Mike Landfair

One Response to “Mexico Decriminalizes Small Drug Amounts”

  1. Totally agree, good acute thinking ….

    Robert Somerville

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