Mexico to Decriminalize Drugs

Mexican President Felipe Calderon shows some backbone:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s government wants to decriminalize first-time possession of small amounts of drugs in a move likely to draw criticism from U.S. anti-narcotics officials.

Under the proposed legislation, users found for the first time with 2 grams (0.07 ounces) or less of marijuana and small amounts of other drugs ranging from cocaine to methamphetamine would not be prosecuted.

Good for him. The U.S. has been fighting the drug war for over three decades now, and yet the drugs just keep on piling up victories against us. I’m sure that the U.S. government and the drug officials and their lobbyists will apply pressure to Calderon. He should resist. The drug war is bad for his country, even more than it is bad for America. The drug war has caused death and destruction both in the U.S. and Latin America, and yet illegal drugs remain readily available to anyone who wants them. Can anyone tell me why we’re wasting so much money and goodwill on this futile endeavor?

This is a statement you won’t hear very often, but the U.S. should follow Mexico’s lead.

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

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