Rather than wasting time, money and manpower to spy on people and investigate their private lives, the Mexico's Senate approved a bill on Tuesday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of narcotics for personal use, in order to free resources to fight violent drug cartels, according to Reuters.
This makes a lot of sense that is long overdue in the US. But it is not likely to change anything in a country that has used drug laws for a variety of ways to circumvent people’s rights to privacy. Not only that, the US uses drugs as a propaganda tool to justify military intervention in such countries as Colombia and Afghanistan. While supposedly using the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to stop the flow of drugs such as cocaine and heroin, troops and spies are sent to attack paramilitary organizations that appose the US imperialist agenda. Drug laws are also used as an excuse to spy on people in the US for any reason the government wants to. Such laws are also as an excuse for corporations to spy on employees.
According to Reuters:
“The bill, proposed by conservative President Felipe Calderon, would make it legal to carry up to 5 grams (0.18 ounces) of marijuana, 500 milligrams (0.018 ounces) of cocaine and tiny quantities of other drugs such as heroin and methamphetamines.Mexico's Congress passed a similar proposal in 2006 but the bill was vetoed by Calderon's predecessor Vicente Fox, under pressure from the United States, which said it would increase drug abuse, but now is worried by the drug-related violence along its border.Calderon has staked his presidency on curtailing the escalating violence between rival drug gangs as they fight over smuggling routes to the United States, with violence spilling into U.S. cities like Phoenix and Tucson.”
So now Mexico is the place to go for those who want to get a hit of coke, heroin or to smoke a joint and not get hassled for it.
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