Saturday, April 29, 2006

If you think Mexico's being smart...

Mexico is in the process of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. That at first seems like a nice start, until you read this:
Mexican officials hope the law will help police focus on large-scale trafficking operations, rather than minor drug busts. The bill also stiffens penalties for trafficking and possession of drugs — even small quantities — by government employees or near schools, and maintains criminal penalties for drug sales.
In other words, they're going to increase the price of and violence associated with drugs by going after the supply by forcing more of it underground.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do drug traffic exist?
Because it's a business.
And how do you kill a business?
Either make competition unaffordable (legalize drug, give it for free)
Make operations too costly. It has been proved that this doesn't really work, even in US where corruption is expensive.

Maybe the solution is in one of the extremes: death penalty as in some asian countries o fully legalized drugs.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Nigel Watt said...

Making them legal is the easiest, least costly solution.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Daniel Benoy said...

There's also the moral consideration. People are taking drugs of their own free will, and they're hurting no one but themselves.

Arguments can be made that drug addicts become a drain on society because they collect welfare and medical benifits, but giving these people monei is a problem in and of itself.

If you have enough money to afford drugs, and you CHOOSE to sacrifice the nessessities of food and health care in order to get your drugs, then we shouldn't interfere with your choice. We should only make sure that you know exactly what you're getting into before you start.

11:25 AM  

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