Mexico on the verge of decriminalizing drugs.

The L. A. Times is reporting that Mexico could soon be a very popular destination for the stoner crowd:

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign a bill that would legalize the use of nearly every drug and narcotic sold by the same Mexican cartels he’s vowed to fight during his five years in office, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The list of illegal drugs approved for personal consumption by Mexico’s Congress last week is enough to make one dizzy — or worse.

Cocaine. Heroin. LSD. Marijuana. PCP. Opium. Synthetic opiates. Mescaline. Peyote. Psilocybin mushrooms. Amphetamines. Methamphetamines.

And the per-person amounts approved for possession by anyone 18 or older could easily turn any college party into an all-nighter: half a gram of coke, a couple of Ecstasy pills, several doses of LSD, a few marijuana joints, a spoonful of heroin, 5 grams of opium and more than 2 pounds of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus.

Needless to say the folks in Washington aren’t amused while the drug users are practically dancing in the streets. Personally, though I’ve never been a drug user myself and have no intentions of starting, I congratulate the people in Mexico for managing to learn the lessons of Prohibition our own government seems incapable of grasping.

18 thoughts on “Mexico on the verge of decriminalizing drugs.

  1. The fallout will make for a lot of very interesting sociological studies over the next few decades.

  2. Looks like I’ll be buying tickets for Cancun so that I can, ummm…hang out at the beach. That’s it, the beach!  LOL

  3. They say “don’t drink the water” when you goto mexico. Shitwater is bad enough, I bet they wipe their ass with the marijuana leaves before they roll it.

  4. I listened to an NPR article this afternoon on the genesis of this.  Evidently judges in Mexico have been ruling that addicts cannot be punished for having a personal stash, and dealers have thus been claiming that the 40 kilos of heroin (etc.) are all personal stashes that they, as addicts, happen to be carrying in their brief cases.  The law (this aspect of it) sets what a “personal stash” can be considered, more than which the person is presumed to be a dealer (there are parallels, albeit more draconian, in US drug law).

    The law also gives drug enforcement privs to state and local law enforcement, rather than just to the federales.

    That all said—yeah, bringing a little sanity to US drug laws would be a fine thing.

  5. Yeah the more I read up on this the clearer it became that this wasn’t going to be tantamount to a Big Party Time in Mexico after all. The selling of drugs is still a crime and all this law really does is set things up so that their legal system is focused on the producers and sellers and not on the junkies.

    Which just makes the reaction by some folks in Washington all the more stupid.

  6. Looks like Fox (Vicente, not the television network) chickened out.

    Are there any countries where you can smoke marijuana legally?  They’re all smoking holes in the ground because of the wrath of Dog by now, right?

  7. As far as I know it’s still legal in Holland, DoF, at least in the bars.  It’s an outrage that tobacco and alcohol are legal most places, and marijuana illegal.

  8. Everyone must be just smoking grass all the time.  How does the mail get delivered there?  Isn’t there garbage all over the streets, because no one picks it up?  It must be terribly dangerous to walk through the downtown area with all the pot fiends everywhere.  Probably a sky-high STD and pregnancy rate too because of all the irrational behavior.  Restaurants filthy, inspectors high… Dog, what a hell-hole.

  9. Are there any countries where you can smoke marijuana legally?

    Its effectively legal in Germany.

    Everyone must be just smoking grass all the time.  How does the mail get delivered there?  Isn’t there garbage all over the streets, because no one picks it up?  It must be terribly dangerous to walk through the downtown area with all the pot fiends everywhere.  Probably a sky-high STD and pregnancy rate too because of all the irrational behavior.  Restaurants filthy, inspectors high… Dog, what a hell-hole. 

    Careful, DOF, recent joiners of this fine conversational meetingplace might not pick up the fine-grained irony in your reasoning.

  10. I’ll add Austria to the places where it’s “effectively” legal.  Strictly speaking, it’s illegal; but you can legally buy baby marijuana plants here (before they have any thc content).  You can’t legally let them grow up, but it’s pretty hard to control this.  You can also legally buy fresh mushrooms of various kinds: dried ones are illegal, though, ‘cause they’re “drugs”.

    These laws are all subject to the winds of politics, however, and they might become stricter again, depending on who’s in power.

    Mail is somehow delivered fairly regularly here.  It’s actually the post office in the States that’s more of a problem.  I had never believed my friends that you have to add “Europe” after “Austria” on anything you send here from the US, until I got a package after six months, with stamps saying that it came here via Sydney, Australia.  Now I write “Europe” in big letters.

  11. Here’s the thing Corey, without legalization you’re still paying for people to attend rehab – along with all the costs you’re paying to try to keep him from getting drugs like a well-funded drug interdiction agency, more police, and a bloated prison system.

    I don’t think anyone believes that people should do more hard drugs or engage in addictive behavior, but prohibition obviously hasn’t had the desired effect on supply or demand.

    Personally I just want enough legalization so that meth labs are a giant industrial process put in a factory somewhere next to the fireworks factories, so people stop having an economic incentive to cook the shit up in the same bathroom they wash their toddlers in.

  12. I thought it might be, but I decided I had something to say on the matter even so. I mean, we chat with the Ed Smiths and True Believers – I guess having a moment where you’re schooling spam isn’t all that different.

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