Well, it was another day of Christian persecution that would make the atrocities of ancient Rome look like the 700 Club here at the Beauty Palace, but I couldn't let Mexico's latest move go without comment:
Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign a bill that would legalize the use of nearly every drug and narcotic sold by the same Mexican cartels he's vowed to fight during his five years in office, a spokesman said Tuesday.This is utterly symptomatic of our neighbor to the south's poor work ethic: They'd sooner throw up their hands up in the air to deal with the problem, rather than showing a little ingenuity... like strong-arming their housekeepers into scoring their drugs for them. Do we really want to grant these laggards amnesty? Disgraceful!
The list of illegal drugs approved for personal consumption by Mexico's Congress last week is enough to make one dizzy — or worse.
Cocaine. Heroin. LSD. Marijuana. PCP. Opium. Synthetic opiates. Mescaline. Peyote. Psilocybin mushrooms. Amphetamines. Methamphetamines.
And the per-person amounts approved for possession by anyone 18 or older could easily turn any college party into an all-nighter: half a gram of coke, a couple of Ecstasy pills, several doses of LSD, a few marijuana joints, a spoonful of heroin, 5 grams of opium and more than 2 pounds of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus.
The law would be among the most permissive in the world, putting Mexico in the company of the Netherlands. Critics, including U.S. drug policy officials, already are worrying that it will spur a domestic addiction problem and make Mexico a narco-tourism destination.