The Associated Press reaches a new low with this one: Mexico’s new drug use law worries US police
Mexico now has one of the world’s most liberal laws for drug users after eliminating jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine.
Really? One of the world’s most liberal laws for drug users? Merely because an extremely tiny amount of possession has been decriminalized (not legalized) to reflect actual practice?
“All right!” said a grinning Ivan Rojas, a rail-thin 20-year-old addict who endured police harassment during the decade he has spent sleeping in Mexico City’s gritty streets and subway stations.
Oh yeah, that’s a good interview choice.
But stunned police on the U.S. side of the border say the law contradicts President Felipe Calderon’s drug war, and some fear it could make Mexico a destination for drug-fueled spring breaks and tourism.
Tens of thousands of American college students flock to Cancun and Acapulco each year to party at beachside discos offering wet T-shirt contests and all-you-can-drink deals.
“Now they will go because they can get drugs,” said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne. “For a country that has experienced thousands of deaths from warring drug cartels for many years, it defies logic why they would pass a law that will clearly encourage drug use.”
Yep, the “worries US Police” and “stunned police” are… San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. This is San Diego, where the municipal authorities fought all the way to the Supreme Court (and lost) to avoid obeying the state’s medical marijuana law.
“It provides an officially sanctioned market for the consumption of the world’s most dangerous drugs,” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. “For the people of San Diego the risk is direct and lethal. There are those who will drive to Mexico to use drugs and return to the U.S. under their influence.”
You’re kidding, right? Since when to Americans need to go to Mexico to have 4 joints or .015 milligrams of LSD?
Nobody from LEAP interviewed. No vast law enforcement numbers opposed to Mexico’s decrim bill.
Just a bunch of crap wrapped up with an AP byline, and disseminated in thousands of papers around the country.
Update: The News Tribune of Tacoma Washington did the right thing to this AP story. Changed the headline to read: U.S. cops fear Mexico drug law
Now that I can believe. After all, their future overtime could be in jeopardy.