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Mexico's Fox to OK drug decriminalization law
Reuters ^ | 3 May 2006

Posted on 05/02/2006 6:08:26 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president will approve a law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs to concentrate on fighting violent narco gangs, the government said on Tuesday.

President Vicente Fox will not oppose the bill, passed by senators last week, presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar told reporters, despite likely tensions with the United States.

"The president is going to sign that law, there would be no objection," he said. "It appears to be a good law and an advance in combating narcotics trafficking."

The approval of the legislation, passed earlier by the lower house of Congress, surprised Washington, which counts on Mexico's support in its war against gangs that move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.

Under the law, police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin. Nor does the law penalize possession of 500 milligrams of cocaine -- enough for a few lines.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; fox; knucklechildren; libertarians; mexico; narcodemocracy; wodlist
Now we know why the Left is so keen on open borders...
1 posted on 05/02/2006 6:08:29 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
Oh good, so now it will be even more profitable to bring the stuff up here to sell rather than selling it down there.

Is this the beginning of a massive increase in drug smuggling into the US?

2 posted on 05/02/2006 6:11:22 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: Aussie Dasher

build the fence now


3 posted on 05/02/2006 6:19:41 PM PDT by camas
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To: Aussie Dasher

Does that mean that the USA will have to allow illegal aliens the right to use and sell the drugs in the USA?


4 posted on 05/02/2006 6:21:41 PM PDT by petkus
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To: petkus

Probably subsidize them!


5 posted on 05/02/2006 6:23:03 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Hey bartender, I'll have a blended margarita with salt, and a doobie.


6 posted on 05/02/2006 6:23:36 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: the anti-liberal
"Is this the beginning of a massive increase in drug smuggling into the US?"

Maybe. But maybe it means the massive transfer of dollars to Mexico by "tourists." Buying the drugs the U.S. won't let them buy. (Not legally anyway)

7 posted on 05/02/2006 6:25:17 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: traviskicks

ping


8 posted on 05/02/2006 6:25:31 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Enterprise

Or maybe both...


9 posted on 05/02/2006 6:26:37 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: petkus
"Does that mean that the USA will have to allow illegal aliens the right to use and sell the drugs in the USA?"

Yes. If they have a right to be here illegally, they have an attendant right to use drugs illegally. Per NAFTA.

10 posted on 05/02/2006 6:26:55 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Mexico is in a massive "war on drugs", why not help them? If you go to Sfgate.com and in the search window put in "Mexico War on Drugs" you will read about the following.
1. Violence grows as Mexico fights drug cartels.
2. 4 drug agents shot to death in Nuevo Laredo.
3. 2 police officers decapitated (like in Irag) in the city of Acapulco.
4. The Mexican government has arrested the powerful leaders of the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels.
5. City can not get anyone to be police chief, all have been assassinated.
You don't read about these events in a drug loving, democrap MSM. Maybe, just maybe the Mexican are on the right path here!


11 posted on 05/02/2006 6:36:23 PM PDT by Blake#1
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To: Enterprise
Yes. If they have a right to be here illegally, they have an attendant right to use drugs illegally. Per NAFTA.

Forget about NAFTA. Fox is just playing catch up. If an American citizen, traceable and with property, does recreational drugs, he risks having a lot of property seized, simply because he's an easy target. If an illegal alien does illegal drugs, no one cares. Why should a Mexican have more rights in the U. S. than in Mexico? Fox is just leveling the field for his citizens.

Come to think about it, why should an illegal alien have more rights (or at least be less subject to the law) than an American citizen?

12 posted on 05/02/2006 6:36:52 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really needed?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

You have nailed it. It's about the money. The authorities can seize assets from a U.S. offender for minor offenses, but there is nothing to be gained from an illegal. I think that the seizure of assets for minor crimes needs to be severely restricted, and officers should have their priorities directed instead to more serious crimes. Too much money, manpower, and resources is devoted to petty nonsense.


13 posted on 05/02/2006 6:44:00 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

So cops are going to carry around scales to measure how much the drugs weigh. This is as absurd as our immigration laws. Welcome home drug lords.


14 posted on 05/02/2006 6:46:40 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (My Homeland Security: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper)
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To: Aussie Dasher
he will now have full control of his sheeple. he now becomes the protector of the stash. lets see now -- we can legally use drugs. during the next election fox's opponent wants to take away our addictive drugs. who do we elect?
15 posted on 05/02/2006 6:50:38 PM PDT by devane617 (The truth, not politics, is right for our beautiful America.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

This will only encourage our druggies to move to Mexico. Can't see why anyone here would be against it.


16 posted on 05/02/2006 7:03:18 PM PDT by opinionator
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ironically, this may make the current administration notice the border more than anything else could.


17 posted on 05/02/2006 7:08:02 PM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: opinionator

I agree. Personally I hope to see thousands of junkies wading the Rio Grande for a hit.


18 posted on 05/02/2006 7:09:10 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Aussie Dasher

This way the illegals he sends our way can sell a little dope to pay their way in to the country.

I honestly think President Bush is trying to set up the US for his brother Jeb.


19 posted on 05/02/2006 7:16:51 PM PDT by Pylot
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To: Enterprise

Is that per NAFTA truck drivers too? What a mess! They can just drive across the border sauced.


20 posted on 05/02/2006 7:20:13 PM PDT by texastoo ("trash the treaties")
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To: Pylot

He is setting it up for Hillary.


21 posted on 05/02/2006 7:21:18 PM PDT by texastoo ("trash the treaties")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Fox has said "If you can't beat em, join em". Without question we should heed *HIS* advice when it comes to the illegal immigration problem. How long will it be before he berates the US for arresting illegal immigrants "who only have a small amount of marijuana et al...".

Its coming. Its not a matter of if, its a matter of when.


22 posted on 05/02/2006 7:32:35 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

We've got a lot of people calling for drug legalization here. So now we've got a ringside seat to see how it works out for Mexico.

Good luck to them.

Meanwhile, lets work on that fence. Faster, please.


23 posted on 05/02/2006 7:35:12 PM PDT by marron
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To: Aussie Dasher
Expect to see millions of US College kids flood South of the Border for spring and summer break.

sw

24 posted on 05/02/2006 7:37:11 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: spectre
"Expect to see millions of US College kids flood South of the Border for spring and summer break."

Hey - it'll be great for cable ratings. There's always going to be a few that never come back. Well, maybe more than a few.

25 posted on 05/02/2006 7:49:47 PM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ok, maybe I'm stupid (did too much dope in my youth?), but I just don't get it.

Since I see nothing (at least, in the article) as to just where these drugs will come from, just how will this damage the Cartels? Unless the Mex. gov. intends to take over the production and distribution, won't the users still be getting the dope from the bad guys (with no incentive now to stop)? Isn't this tantamount to repealing prohibition but letting Capone and the mobs to manufacture, sale, and distribute the booze? Isn't this actually surrendering and empowering the Cartels?


26 posted on 05/02/2006 7:50:25 PM PDT by LRS
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To: Blake#1
You don't read about these events in a drug loving, democrap MSM. Maybe, just maybe the Mexican are on the right path here!

Oh ya. And decriminalizing small amounts will make the Mexican gangs just go away.

*WE* could decriminalize small amounts and they'd just sell it themselves here.

27 posted on 05/02/2006 8:03:12 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ICE, ICE Baby.)
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To: the anti-liberal
Is this the beginning of a massive increase in drug smuggling into the US?

More like a massive increase in tourism in the Mexican border towns.

Why send the illegals to the US to send money back, when they can have Americans bring the money to them..
28 posted on 05/02/2006 8:18:10 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr
"Why send the illegals to the US to send money back, when they can have Americans bring the money to them."

Given that most of those 'tourists' are likely to come from CA (Hollyweird, San Fran., Santa Cruz, etc...) you make a very good point.

I expect to see an increase in traffic in both directions - California's counter-culture going down to buy drugs and drugs coming up here to be sold.

29 posted on 05/02/2006 8:23:55 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Bush and John Walters are having nightmares. I hope John Walters can never sleep soundly again.


30 posted on 05/02/2006 8:29:10 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: marron
Decriminalization of small amounts doesn't equal legalization. Decriminalization still leaves the growing and selling to dangerous gangs. Under legalization Walgreen's would sell the pot, and farms would grow it, cutting out dangerous drug cartels and street thugs. Decriminalization is the worst of both.
31 posted on 05/02/2006 8:46:57 PM PDT by RHINO369
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To: Personal Responsibility
Fox has said "If you can't beat em, join em".

I guess he learned it from Bush.

32 posted on 05/03/2006 4:45:06 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Aussie Dasher

What's next, government supplied dope for the poor?


33 posted on 05/03/2006 5:03:55 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

¡Un toke sobre la línea!


34 posted on 05/03/2006 5:05:55 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: Wolfie
Acutally, Fox has taken the lead on this one. Bush has not moved to leaglize drugs, much to the chagrin of the Libertarian Party .
35 posted on 05/03/2006 5:14:15 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: texastoo
He is setting it up for Hillary.

I agree. Reminds me of bush41 doing same for bubba-boy. As the xlintons are close to the bushes, one can only guess how close and what each knows about the other.

This is becoming very disheartening. We need Ronaldus Maximus!!!

36 posted on 05/03/2006 5:18:15 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: Personal Responsibility

Fox has taken the lead from Bush's stance on illegal aliens. Too many people breaking the law, too many people to arrest, so let's legalize it.


37 posted on 05/03/2006 5:25:44 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: RHINO369

Sure, but it does prevent crooked cops from using the system to send anyone they wish to jail by planting a demonized substance upon a citizen. It also would prevent them from selectively prosecuting the drug war in order to purge the voting rosters of a significant percentage of minorities. But, should we be taking tools away from our LEOs and DEAmen?


38 posted on 05/03/2006 5:50:38 AM PDT by PaxMacian (Gen. 1:29)
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To: the anti-liberal
Given that most of those 'tourists' are likely to come from CA (Hollyweird, San Fran., Santa Cruz, etc...) you make a very good point.

There are some very enterprising types in Mexico (or at least were), don't be surprised to see resorts pop up that cater to these people.
39 posted on 05/03/2006 7:38:31 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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40 posted on 05/03/2006 8:01:39 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: Aussie Dasher; LongElegantLegs; radar101; RamingtonStall; engrpat; HamiltonFan; Draco; ...

Presidente Zorro Ping!


41 posted on 05/03/2006 8:32:31 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Drug legalization, open borders, gay marriage, no defense establishment, are leading indicators you live in a loser nation


42 posted on 05/03/2006 9:36:29 AM PDT by dennisw (http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Presidente Zorro Ping!

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43 posted on 05/03/2006 9:38:58 AM PDT by dennisw (http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Fox now saying he won't sign it, according to ABC radio news.


44 posted on 05/03/2006 6:03:41 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Is this guy related to John Kerry?


45 posted on 05/03/2006 6:10:47 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Is this guy related to John Kerry?

Yes and no.

46 posted on 05/03/2006 6:22:54 PM PDT by Ken H
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