I read a post on the Houston Chronicle’s Immigration blog today (‘Viva Mexico. Now Let’s Break Out the Needles’) that really got my blood boiling regarding a potential drug-reform law in Mexico. Under this new law, personal possession of some narcotics would be legalized. This would free police and judicial resources to actually spend time and tax-payers’ money finding real bad guys and not filling up prison systems with innocent people. What a concept.
The comments to the post were really the only good things about it. At least some Americans have their heads on straight. Drug use is simply not going to go away, no matter how hard the Fundamentalists try to play the ‘morality’ card, no matter how long we lock away ‘offenders’, no matter how many more billions of dollars we waste losing, always always losing, the ‘War on Drugs’.
Addiction is a disease and our laws are hurting some very sick people in our country. It is disgusting to think about so many Americans getting stepped on everyday, when all they need is a little help, a little understanding and a little less ridiculous hypocrisy from pill-popping, liquor-guzzling ‘conservative’ government Fat Cats (I mean have you READ Wonkette!!?? Those DC dudes are CRAZY!!).
How Mexico’s decision will affect border relations with the US I really can’t say. I imagine the decision was pretty upsetting to immigration activists today (May 1 is Great American Boycott Day), as it perhaps is driving negative attention to their cause — what Fox-news watching, McDonald’s-eating, red-blooded, Bush-voting American is going to want a bunch of Heroin junky immigrants around, right?
President Fox has yet to sign the new law, but is apparently in support of it. I think it’s a step in the right direction. When something isn’t working, you’ve got to try something that will. Or maybe American pharmaceutical lobbyists will have the last laugh after all — perhaps there will never be room in our country for additional legal drugs for consumers to waste their money, health and lives on.
Woo hoo! Who needs pot when you can daze out 24/7 on doctor-prescribed Percocet?? It’s so much more PC to get your kid hooked on Valium, than it is to start them on a really nasty life-long coke habit. Go us.
On a sort-of related, but not entirely sidenote: you should really read Apophenia’s post on medical marijuana as well.