In theory, the drug decriminalization bill passed by Mexico’s Congress has merit: If it were no longer a crime to possess small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth and other drugs, then law enforcement could focus on catching dealers and traffickers. But in reality, such a move would create new problems, especially for the United States and its border towns, by turning Mexico into a tourist mecca for wannabe drug users, especially young Americans. For that reason, Mexican President Vicente Fox was right to withdraw his support Thursday. Given the failed war on drugs, there is a good case to be made for decriminalization of some kind. But Mexico’s proposal seemed like a unilateral surrender that would make matters worse for Americans.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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