Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mexico decriminalizing drugs...temporally

Mexico has a policy of going toward self-responsibility. Mexican President Vicente Fox assured the media that he will sign a bill which would legalize the use of nearly any kind of drug, including cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, PCP, opium, synthetic opiates, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.

Now, the legalization is for use, not marking, so drug lords and drug gangs will continue to exist. And, since drugs are still sold in the street with no legal supervision, the drugs would still be more dangerous. But legal drug use is a big step in the right direction, and the U.S. drug forces don't like it at all. The tried the same-ole stories that they tried before: "If we legalize drugs, drug use will explode. There will be crack-addicts in the street; pill-poppers in the alleyways; marijuana users in every corner." Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said, "Any country that embarks on policies that encourage drug use will get more drug use and more drug addiction."

Church leaders feel the same way. "If they thought they had a problem with drugs before, wait until they see the monster they create with this policy," said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Demand will skyrocket and so will supply."

But, I know the real reason why the drug war must continue. If we legalize drugs, using as well as selling, drug-war agents will not be needed. They must find another job to work, just like alcohol-war agents did when Prohibition ended in 1933.

Drug-money the police made out of raids and seizures would dry up, as well as the taxes the officials collected to fund them. Asset-forfeiture in drug cases would end. Drug-war bribery of government personnel would cease. Prison guards would have to be laid off.

Everybody knows that the 30-year futile war on drugs has failed miserably. In fact, there are two consequences of the drug war: 1) the massive drug money will continue as before, and: 2) the massive personal infringements on the American people will continue, as before.

The two groups that are the most dependent on the drug war to continue are the drug cartels and the drug enforcement agencies. This is not surprising that the two fiercest opponents of drug legalization are the two forementioned.

UPDATE: I was informed the Mexican president, after pressure from the U.S. officials, refused to sign the drug bill today. I guess that self-responsibility will have to wait a little longer. The drug gangs and the drug officials have prevailed! I guess it's might equals right. Fox is a cowardly wimp.


At 1:36 PM, Blogger msliberty said...

Thank you for your eloquent post on this important issue.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Thomas Bell said...

A pleasure; thank you!


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