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Friday, April 28, 2006

Legalized Drugs A Stroll Away

Mexico has legalized a broad range of street drugs. But it might not be as dramatic as the headline makes it seem.

I believe in the legalization of most drugs for personal use. I'm just wondering how the legalization of just about every drug (just not marijuana) will affect health in the Mexico - Texas border region, where my school has a huge presence.
Mexico's Congress approved a bill Friday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin for personal use— a measure sure to raise questions in Washington about Mexico's commitment to the war on drugs.

If signed into law, the bill could have an impact on Mexico's relationship with the United States— and on the vast numbers of vacationing students who visit Mexico, often to take advantage of its rarely enforced drinking age of 18.

The bill says criminal charges will no longer be brought for possession of up to 25 milligrams of heroin, five grams of marijuana about one-fifth of an ounce, or about four joints and half a gram of cocaine about half the standard street-size quantity, which is enough for several lines of the drug.

"No charges will be brought against ... addicts or consumers who are found in possession of any narcotic for personal use," the Senate bill reads. It also lays out allowable quantities for a large array of other drugs, including LSD, MDA, ecstasy about two pills' worth and amphetamines.

Sale of all drugs would remain illegal under the proposed law, unlike the Netherlands, where the sale of marijuana for medical use is legal and it can be bought with a prescription in pharmacies.

While Dutch authorities look the other way regarding the open sale of cannabis in designated coffee shops something Mexican police seem unlikely to do the Dutch have zero tolerance for heroin and cocaine. In both countries, commercial growing of marijuana is outlawed.

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