Mexico just legalized the personal use of drugs. No, I’m totally not making this up…
On Thursday, the Mexican President signed into law a controversial piece of legislation that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD and methamphetamine and yet at the same time promotes drug dependency treatments funded entirely by the government.
The law sets limits on how much citizens can possess for “personal use.” When caught in first and second offenses, those citizens possessing within limits, will be encouraged to enter a treatment program and those caught a third time must enter a program.
The “personal use” maximum under the new law is 5 grams, about four joints. Other threshold amounts are: Cocaine – one half a gram, heroin – 50 milligrams, methamphetamine – 40 milligrams, and 0.015 milligrams of acid (LSD).
The question of legalization is one that has been debated since the dawn of civilization. The argument to legalize drugs is a sincerely difficult one to win, and one with many very famous supporters. Authors such as, Timothy Leary, Lewis Armstrong, Jules Vern, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Aldous Huxley, Sir Walter Scott and Terence McKenna believed what persons do in private should not be regulated by the government.
William F. Buckley Jr. argued supremely that, “If all our laws were paradigmatic, imagine what we would do to anyone caught lighting a cigarette, or drinking a beer. Or exulting in life, in the paradigm, committing adultery. Send them all to Guantanamo?” Buckley’s argument was one of consistency, legal and exampled reality, illustrated by several countries around the world.
Exactly what are we waiting for? Our Partner in the War on Drugs just basically said ‘Fuck it, let’s have a beer and go to the beach’ and we’re STILL arguing? The War on Drugs has always been futile and nothing paints that picture more clearly than Mexico doing what we should have done in 1980. We’ve wasted more than a trillion dollars fighting this war and incarcerating combatants.
Let’s be done with it as well.