Take it with a grain of salt â€” this is one person’s story of reactions in one bar in Tijuana, but I thought it was an interesting take at Narco News on the recent decriminalization law in Mexico.
When I talk with the Fiesta Bar patrons about Mexicoâ€™s recent legalization of drugs, they laugh uproariously at either my stupidity or naivetÃ©, reminding me that they have been smoking pot in this bar for generations. They point to the two huffing, overweight policemen who just lugged their fat-asses down those tremendous steps to collect their â€œhands-offâ€ money. The mordita, the bite, that every bar and restaurant in the central district pays not to have their establishment â€œset upâ€ with an under-age plant; just like in the strip joints, the hooker bars, the Gay discos, the heroin â€œshooting galleryâ€ back-rooms of the pool halls. […]
â€œThat law is for you Gringos, not us,â€ he smiled. â€œThe police have always allowed the decriminalization of drug use, otherwise the jails would be full, the city treasury bankrupt from having to feed them and the courts clogged with meaningless cases.”
The article is more a comment on U.S. policy than Mexican policy.
â€œLook at your stupid state of California,â€ he seemed to announce, like a lecture, â€œno money to pay for services because of the billions of dollars you spend locking young kids up for having a good time.â€
â€œYou people are hysterical about drug use, a kind of obsessive paranoia that borders on madness,â€ he continues, while taking a hit off Miguelâ€™s joint. â€œI truly feel sorry for your intense jealously that someone else might be enjoying themselves.â€
â€œPorque?â€ Miguel asks. â€œWhy are the nortenos so afraid?â€