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In the New York Times’ Room for Debate: What Does Mexico’s New Drug Law Portend?, featuring comments from:
- Tony Payan
…decriminalizing drug possession is in and of itself a change of, paradoxically, gigantic and modest proportions. […] In the end the United States may be left alone to fight a 40-year-old failed â€œwar on drugsâ€ or join the rest and craft a more nuanced strategy to consider other possibilities in dealing with psychotropic substances. Perhaps this time change will come from South to North, instead of North to South.
- Jorge CastaÃ±eda
If anything, the new law criminalizes drug use much more radically than before […] Mexico should move toward decriminalization, but it cannot do so if the United States does not. Among the many reasons is the so-called Zurich effect…
- Calvina Fay (!)
Mexicoâ€™s President Calderon got it wrong on decriminalizing drugs. I fear for the future of Mexico and the domino effect here at home. […] Drug users are not innocent. They support the vicious drug cartels.
- Peter Reuter
Evidence from other countries suggests that decriminalization could be modestly helpful in addressing Mexicoâ€™s recent difficulties. […] Unfortunately, decriminalization will not address Mexicoâ€™s most severe drug-related crime and violence.
- Ethan Nadelmann
Such reforms generally do not result in higher rates of drug use â€” at least thatâ€™s the evidence from other countries. And it will have no impact on President Calderonâ€™s battle with the major drug trafficking organizations.
Mexico’s Hopeless Drug War by Mary Anastasia O’Grady in the Wall Street Journal.
Mexico’s big problemâ€”for that matter the most pressing security issue throughout the hemisphereâ€”is organized crime’s growth and expanded power, fed by drug profits. Mr. CalderÃ³n’s new policy is unlikely to solve anything in that department.
The reason is simple: Prohibition and demand make otherwise worthless weeds valuable. Where they really get valuable is in crossing the U.S. border. If U.S. demand is robust, then producers, traffickers and retailers get rich by satisfying it.
Mary is the drug war voice of reason over at the Wall Street Journal. You can tell from her various articles that she understands the equation and is able to connect the dots. She just doesn’t go all the way and tell you the obvious solution, because, after all, it is the Wall Street Journal opinion section.
The case for legalising all drugs is unanswerable by John Gray in the Guardian.
…the fact is that the costs of drug prohibition now far outweigh any possible benefits the policy may bring. It is time for a radical shift in policy. Full-scale legalisation, with the state intervening chiefly to regulate quality and provide education on the risks of drug use and care for those who have problems with the drugs they use, should now shape the agenda of drug law reform.
Some Potent Arguments For Legalizing Marijuana by Robert McCartney, Washington Post.
When it comes to marijuana, American society has lost the war on drugs–and that’s okay. We should stop squandering time and money trying to reverse history and instead legalize both medical and recreational use of this mild narcotic widely seen as no more harmful than alcohol.
Mexican movie star Gael GarcÃa Bernal calls for legalization
The Motorcycle Diaries star is adamant the majority of street battles in the North American country are sparked by the trade in illicit narcotics.
And he insists the quickest way to end the bloodshed is to legalise drugs and take the entire industry out of the hands of criminal gangs.
He tells the New York Daily News, “Drugs are illegal – therefore, there’s a fight. I hope drugs become legalised in Mexico. If drugs were legal, there would be nothing to fight about.”