Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mexico plans to decriminalize all illegal drugs

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Big Think Politics

Mexico plans to decriminalize all illegal drugs--"Prohibitionist strategy is unsustainable," reads the policy plan.


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has long called for reformations to the nation's drug laws.

The five-year policy plan calls for prescribing treatment programs instead of punishments to drug users.

It's unclear what effects the laws would have on Mexican cartels, which make the bulk of their money selling drugs in the U.S.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to decriminalize illegal drugs in in the nation, where drug-use rates have soared over the past decade and thousands die every year in drug-related murders.

The five-year policy outline wouldn't make drugs legal, but it would offer users treatment instead of punishment by redirecting "the resources currently destined to combat their transfer and apply them in programs — massive, but personalized — of reinsertion and detoxification," Obrador's policy statement read.

It's "generally positive" news for drug law reformation advocates like Zara Snapp of the Instituto RIA and the coalition #RegulacionPorLaPaz, though she told Marijuana Moment that some are concerned that the language of the law stigmatizes drug users, many of whom don't necessarily need treatment.

Obrador repeatedly called for reformation to the country's drug laws during his presidential campaign, with slogans like "Hugs, not gunshots." He says the decades-long "war on drugs" isn't working, and decriminalization paired with rehabilitation programs is the only feasible solution.

"Public safety strategies applied by previous administrations have been catastrophic: far from resolving or mitigating the catastrophe has sharpened it," his statement read, adding that "prohibitionist strategy is unsustainable."

The move reflects shifting attitudes in the U.S., where marijuana is becoming increasingly legal across the 50 states. Currently, a bill that's set to legalize cannabis is working its way through the country's federal government.

"The war on drugs has been extremely costly, not just in terms of government resources, but also human lives, and it has failed to accomplish its objective," Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, told Newsweek. "Prohibition policies have, by and large, caused more harm to people and communities than the drugs they were intended to eliminate, and they haven't come anywhere close to eliminating the supply or the demand."

Obrador said he wants to pursue drug law reform in conjunction with the United Nations and the U.S., where it's estimated that $19 to $29 billion worth of Mexican cartel drugs are sold each year.

​Why not legalize drugs altogether in Mexico?

Some have suggested that completely legalizing drugs in Mexico and the U.S. would cripple the cartels. But the Trump administration has said it would refuse to support any such legislation in Mexico or "anywhere."

"I can say that we would not support the legalization of all drugs anywhere and certainly wouldn't want to do anything that would allow more drugs to come into this country," said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

It's also worth noting that cartels don't only make money through drug trafficking.

"Before, we had organized crime, but operating strictly in narcotrafficking," Eduardo Guerrero Gutiérrez, a consultant and former presidential advisor, told Foreign Policy. "Now we have a type of mafia violence… and they are extorting from the people at levels that are incredibly high — from the rich, from businesses."

Still, decriminalization and regulation of some parts of the drug market in Mexico could help to shine a light on corruption.

"A regulated drug market provides a great opportunity to lift the curtain on all the corruption we know already exists around drugs," Snapp told Vox. "It can force transparency."

35 comments:

  1. Can not believe this clown still breathing and colossio aint.

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    1. That will start a war with the u.s.

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    2. Nobody ever starts a war with the US,
      in the esteemed opinion of Mary Mary quite contrary,
      the US is always the instigator of every war for profit since the US refuse reufed to pay the Kings of England for the defense from the French and the Indians attacking the colony back when the red coats were in charge. Next, the US defrauded the French Kings, that could not ransom their thrones and ended in the guillotine.
      The US kiss and made out back with England whose next triumphs were Lenin's Russia that ended in the pockets of Stalin and China of the MAO. the US never wants to lose the initiative when it comes to making war, lately with plastic bananas in Venezuela of Guaido, the Banana Presidente...accompanied with lies like "Putin getting Maduro off the plane on which he was escaping... According to Big Mama Pompeo and Bolton the Banana revolutionary cooks.

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  2. Just a means for government to get revenue. Rather, government to legitimately partake in drug trafficking business. Nothing will curtail the violence associated with drug usage.
    Only enriching those elite astronomically while continuing to oppress its citizens with scraps. Leading to resort to other criminal activities to sustain oneself.
    Mafias exist everywhere; collecting money from all aspects of life. Like governments with it's unfair taxation policies and practices.

    Note:This article posted days ago has strong opinions by many nations.
    Supporters of this measure if managed correctly can benefit from inferstruction projects and job creation. Along with social services / education and healthcare services.

    Opponents on the other hand will conclude that the inequality will divide them further from the same misappropriated trust by those who have always plundered its coffers.
    Added with a society addiction issue far worse than before.

    IMO; a moral responsibility / obligation to its citizens with the apprehensions for drug pushers is necessary. Added with reform policies for medical treatment instead of incarcerating users would benefit all.

    E42

    Expect a lot of debating and rebuttals from commentators here BB.




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    1. 8:22 decriminalizing and free to low cost health care/treatment is not the same as legalizing coupled with taxing and subsidizing for profit by any means necessary, American Style...
      Recent plans call foe 100 or 200 billion program to de with the opioid epidemic on the US, paid for by the US government taxpayers, because the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma have no plans to pay for their shit, "they are persons that had no idea or malice in their heart when they corrupted congress and senate to approve their drugs", but in their brain they KNEW...

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  3. Sure, this will never fly in the hidden circles of Mexican power bureaucracy. What a farce

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    1. It has!
      This transition of a legitimate narco government is why he is in power today.

      The signs were there during his political campaign address. Indicating that once again Mexico has proven to be under those narco culture rulers.

      I called it during his campaign run with rebuttals from commentators here on BB.
      Welcome to the new age of narco culture!

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    2. 11:24 After 36 billion dollars and 12 plus years of murdering and criminalizing and blaming "the mexicans for the US and Mexican accomplices' dirty tricks and malicious campaigns, sponsored by the best the CIA, DEA, FBI, DFS PF CISEN, SEDENA and others had to offer, it is time to give someone else a little chance...
      I suppose...

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    3. @ 11:21
      With a price! At whose cost?

      E42

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    4. 12:40 3 billion dollars a year the US has invested on the war on drugs in Mexico, in 12 YEARS IS 36 BILLION DOLLARS, on the American taxpayer, paid cash, no accounting and the Mexicans paid in corpses of course.
      AMLO is not decriminalizing drug trafficking or major drug traffickers he is just stopping prosecutions and incarceration of small time pushers and addicts, do not believe all the malicious gossip of the malcontent without anything else to propose.
      AMLO was not born yesterday, he has been in the poolitics of Mexico for more than 40 years, and he started as a priista pa acabarla de chingar, luckily he saw soon what that was all about.
      --Keep trying and you may get to understand.

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  4. To me Mexico's traffic accident and death toll will see a jump of mega proportion. I have seen mota used to such excess as to render the abuser incapable of understanding a futbol match that he was a fan of one of the teams.

    It is too likely that a driver no insurance flees the scene on foot after a choque, now we will have hallucinating critoleros, and jovenes from EUA flocking to Mexico. La Julia will not possess field drug testing kits and insurers are very likely to say "We feel our insured was/was not toxicodo so we pay nothing". AMLO is simply trading evils and fooling himself when 80% of drug dinero is EUA. MALA IDEA

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    1. You should stop drinking alcohol

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    2. It is happening, and if someone Don't like it, well, how about suck ass for the rest of AMLO party?
      Nothing else has worked anyway.

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  5. Based on what this article says it seems like this plan has good points yet it will fail miserably. Treating addicts as patients not criminals is a great idea, there needs to be some type of rehab program for addicts, yet dealers i believe should be punished. Now the cartels biggest market, biggest customers are in the USA where drugs are illegal, now if mexico legalizes drugs how would demand drop in the USA where people will still depend on cartels since its still illegal there. If anything it might make it easier for drug manufactures since they wont be punished as bad and it would make it worse for the USA,

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    1. Now I want the wall. All the dope heads from the USA and Canada will be traveling here to Mexico to use and abuse. Mexico will have to beef up immigration to deport this north of the border trash.

      I'm willing to bet (aside from Mary Jane) most Mexicans do not abuse drugs because they see it as beneath them.

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    2. Hahaha!!! You think Mexicans dont abuse drugs!!! Hahaha!! Wow...

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  6. Good job Mexico. The US needs to pay attention and follow suit.

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    1. Like to see how employers can benefit from an addict!
      Doubt any employer will ever consider a druggie. Much less to omit drug testing from application requirements.

      Keep dreaming.

      E42

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    2. Drugs or one or two thousand dollars in your pocket and thousands more in the bank and freedom, you chose.
      I think money gives more pleasure, fack drugs.

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  7. Dumb! Just a distraction from the real issues. I could smoke a joint or do coke in front of police and they wouldn’t do anything in most of Mexico. Even if they did, 20 dollars would bribe them to let me walk so if you ask me drugs are basically legal in Mexico. This won’t stem the violence at all. They will increase their other illicit activities

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    1. 6:23 is on the money. Now extortion, kidnapping and violence will be even higher. Not the solution potheads, sorry.

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  8. More poetry from Obrador.

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  9. Yes!! this is the way to do it! legalize all drugs and cartels will be screwed! Bye bye dea cia fbi lawyers judges....... wait! I forgot U.S won’t let this happen. 😔

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    1. As if consumption usage will suddenly stop in America.
      Consumption can only be curbed through treatment programs. Which will be opposed by those pharmaceutical companies who have enriched themselves further from their addictive products.

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    2. Forgetabout Mexican grifa, on the US they have been burning the California forests all the way up to Canada to clear the fields and the Sierras to plant Legal Taxable Grifa for everybody.
      pinchis mariguanos hijos de su pinchi madre.
      Deberian de quemarles el jundillo por viciosos.

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  10. it worked great in the states with alchy... it would be interesting to see how the US deals with their border or their drug addicts after everyone in Mexico lines up at the line to cross over their kilos.

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    1. Expect a political fight for potential revenue for those who seek to profit from here in the US.

      Money is king and the demise for many.

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    2. 9:06 have you seen the aigroplano that fell in cuaguila?
      Who need to jump a motherfackin' wall when you have so many private Mexican aigrolinias coming and going to and from the US and even more US owned ones, like Air America under thousands of secret other names? Thedrug trafficking piranhas even involve Brazilian naked indigenous aborigins, naked, from the Amazonia to pose as the owners!

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  11. Just unrealistic talk, while homicides continue to sour uphill.

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  12. We have enough pendejos in the US and Mexico

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    1. 11:33 the pendejos on the US side get to keep most of the billions and billions of dollars in their banks, never fined more than 10% of the money laundered and nobody to go to prison no mater what.
      The Mexican criminals never wi see a sweet deal Like that, ask el chapo, El benja, Juan Garcia Abrego, Guero Palma, Osiel... Even Rafa, no favors from his Alma mater the CIA.

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    2. 11:33 a few more pendejos are always welcome everywhere in this world, most of them will volunteer, with the call of the jungle,
      no need to draft, but it helps.

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  13. If you look at a country like the Netherlands which has a relaxed policy on drugs, what you find is the Dutch have a low narcotic usage rate. The primary problem they have are with tourists who go to Holland to partake in narcotics.

    Thus instead of focusing on exporting narcotics, focus can be made with importation of consumers to Mexico.


    I predict hostels, taco stands, and cash register cameras will be the money makers as Mexico "business-fies" narcotics. What will "coffeeshop" storefronts look like Starbucks or "indie" style?

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  14. The only way to eliminate drug trafficking is to take the profit out of it—this plan seems well crafted and able to do that. For those who predicted its failure how do you know based on what we’ve tried 50 years of interdiction and the criminal approach and drugs are cheaper more plentiful and there are more of them yes interdiction is working fantastic we should double or triple our efforts and spend trillions more in the next 50 years. Great idea!

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  15. some people would benefit from a good detox, OK lets try it, can't hurt.

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