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Legalize Pot in Tourist Areas

by Johnny Briefcase @, Thursday, January 25, 2018, 23:07 (324 days ago)

The Mexican Tourism Secretary is proposing that pot be legalized in certain tourist zones in order to reduce drug violence. What say you all ??? ....JB

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/secretary-legalize-pot-combat-insecurity/

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Friday, January 26, 2018, 06:31 (324 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

I think it should be legalized everywhere.

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by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Friday, January 26, 2018, 07:21 (323 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

Drugs are already openly sold all over the main tourist district here in Playa del Carmen. Right beside the police, no secret to anyone. Young, old, with children, they are shameless, anyone who doesn't look Mexican will get asked if they want to buy drugs.

Last year a number of these guys got shot. Some right on 5th Ave., in the middle of the day, in front of everyone. There must have been at least a dozen shootings either right on 5th, or within a block or two.

I love Playa, and Mexico, and still think this part of the country is much safer than most of the rest, but I really dislike the hypocrisy of allowing drugs to be openly sold here, when so much of the rest of the country has suffered immensely from the drug war. I would much rather that they legalize and regulate. But I don't see how it would work to do it in Quintana Roo & Baja California only. If they're going to do it, they need to do it properly. Not just allow drugs to be openly sold all over town here (like at present), while other parts of the country where the supply is coming from are terrorized.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Friday, January 26, 2018, 21:07 (323 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

I absolutely think that marijuana and most other recreational drugs should be decriminalized and regulated. Prohibition does not work, has never worked and should be thrown on the scrap heap of bad ideas that we tried and proved doesn't work. It didn't work with alcohol, opium or any other substance. The only thing it does is create a space for organized crime to step in and profit from the misery and illness of those who are susceptible to the addiction. Did you know that states within the U.S. that have legalized marijuana, like Washington and Colorado, have declining problems with opioid overdoses?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/16/legal-marijuana-is-saving-lives-in-colorado-study-finds/?utm_term=.8fcd9fe560e7

Other countries such as Portugal have shown that treating addiction for the minority of the population that is susceptible to addiction while decriminalizing drug usage actually saves lives and takes power from criminal organizations. Even within the U.S. we have prime examples in the form of smoking and alcohol. Smoking has not declined because it is illegal, but because the U.S. pursued education and regulation.

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by h4Dan, California, Friday, January 26, 2018, 21:13 (323 days ago) @ hromero

:megusta:

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by Johnny Briefcase @, Friday, January 26, 2018, 23:50 (323 days ago) @ hromero

I believe that it is folly to legislate against a thing or a substance. They are not good or bad in and of themselves. It is the possible resulting bad behaviour that should be legislated against. I don't care if you get stoned; but don't fly my airplane if you are. ....JB

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by Quadra Paul @, Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:59 (322 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

Be careful with this reasoning, Johnny! This is the sort of thing the NRA comes up with!

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by Johnny Briefcase @, Saturday, January 27, 2018, 20:55 (322 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

Be careful with this reasoning, Johnny! This is the sort of thing the NRA comes up with!

Hey Paul - no disrespect; but I feel the same way about guns. There are literally hundreds of ways to maim or kill people without a gun. A gun is just a tool like a hammer. A hammer in the hands od a bad guy is far more dangerous than a shot gun in the hands of a responsible hunter. Again, it's the behaviour and not the thing or substance that needs to be legislated against. If you use a gun or a hammer in the commission of a crime, they should throw the bloody book at you. ....JB

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by Altona Stu @, Altona, Manitoba, Saturday, January 27, 2018, 22:36 (322 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

I haven't heard of many school hammerings lately.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 03:50 (322 days ago) @ Altona Stu

Legalize Pot in Tourist Areas

by HolyMole @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 13:35 (321 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

Be careful with this reasoning, Johnny! This is the sort of thing the NRA comes up with!


Hey Paul - no disrespect; but I feel the same way about guns. There are literally hundreds of ways to maim or kill people without a gun. A gun is just a tool like a hammer. A hammer in the hands od a bad guy is far more dangerous than a shot gun in the hands of a responsible hunter. Again, it's the behaviour and not the thing or substance that needs to be legislated against. If you use a gun or a hammer in the commission of a crime, they should throw the bloody book at you. ....JB

A hammer is designed for, and intended to drive-in nails. A handgun or an automatic or semi-automatic weapon is designed for, and intended to intimidate and kill people. You don't seem to appreciate the difference.

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by Canada1, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 15:46 (321 days ago) @ Johnny Briefcase

:megusta:

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, January 28, 2018, 15:52 (321 days ago) @ Canada1

My son in law is Mexican. Trust me , he could kill you with a hammer.
We have built fences and decks together.