“MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – In a surprise reversal, Mexican President Vicente Fox will not sign a widely criticized reform to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, his office said on Wednesday.
The president’s office said the law, which also toughened sentences for dealing and holding larger amounts of the intoxicants, would be sent back to Congress for revision.
‘In our country the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, crimes,’ the office said in a statement.”
Wow. It’s amazing how much power and influence America has over its neighbors. Every time they attempt to legalize anything related to illicit drugs by the democratic process, we step in and put the screws to the leaders to alter the law or prevent its ratification. What’s important to note here is that American power is limited to how energized the local populace is on this. If the Mexican or Canadian people really want it. There is little we can do to stop it. That’s the power and danger of democracy. People make choices you may or may not like. Look at Hamas.
It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out, esp. the “revisions.” Personally, I applaud legalizing possession by users and focusing prosecuting this war on the real combatants, the major drug suppliers and distributors. It’s sad we can’t wake up to that idea.