In efforts to fight cartel drug wars and to help eliminate bribery among the Mexican police force, the government of Mexico has enacted a law that makes it legal to carry small amounts of drugs in Mexico. New law only decriminalizes drug possessions that are within volumes considerable for personal use, however decriminalized drugs also include cocaine and heroin. Drug wars among Mexican cartels have been off the hook and Mexico seriously needed some positive PR to put it back on the radar of vacationers many of whom feel repelled by merciless drug wars among gangs. Recent outbreak of Swine Flu made it
Given all the negatives that put off many tourists from visiting Mexico, the government decided to take radical steps and turned Mexico into the North American version of the Netherlands. This will undoubtedly attract many new tourists but can it really help with increasingly violent cartel wars? Latest report from Mexico states that drug cartel wars have claimed lives of over 11,000 people in last 3 years. I don’t have the stats regarding casualties of the war in Iraq in last three years, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more people died as result of drug wars in Mexico than as result of war in Iraq which gets far more bad press. 11k dead people resulting from drug cartel wars in just three years and that’s all in our backyard. I know this is a crazy thing to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was statistically safer to go on vacation to Iraq than to go on vacation to Mexico. Damn! BTW, I just ate a whole basket of blueberries and I feel like I have just chugged a bottle of vodka. WTF?
New Mexican drug possession laws make it legal to carry following amounts of drugs:
- 5 grams of marijuana (the equivalent of about four joints)
- 0.5 gram of cocaine (the equivalent of about 4 lines)
- 50 milligrams of heroin
- 40 milligrams of methamphetamine
- 0.015 milligrams of LSD
It is worth the mention that “decriminalization” does not equal “legalization”. It is not entirely legal to possess drugs in Mexico. What this new law does, is it decriminalizes possession of small amounts of drugs intended for personal use. If you are caught for the third time carrying decriminalized amount of drugs, you will be recommended to attend a government-funded drug treatment.
Mexican government also hopes that this will eliminate bribery from small drug users. Previously when the police would caught a drug users in possession of small amount of drugs, they could arrest him, but many accepted bribes instead. New drug laws eliminate this from happening which gives Mexican police force more time to focus on big time drug dealers.
The gallery of pictures in this post are from – you guessed it… Mexican drug cartel wars. Person in a car was first covered with a slew of bullets from an automatic gun, the car was then set on fire turning the body inside into a barbecued chunk of flesh.