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Mexico Debates New Security Bill

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 02, 2017, 19:33 (11 days ago) @ K&B

Possession has remained prohibited by Portuguese law, and criminal penalties are still applied to drug growers, dealers and traffickers. With this being the case, how would the black market/cartel in Mexico be any different? I could see it if the government of the USA regulated the distribution of the drugs along with legalizing the use of the drugs.

I believe you misunderstand. As long as they aren't bothering anyone or otherwise being disrespectful the Portuguese police won't bother anyone for possession for personal use unless they have a lot of dope on them. In their case tolerance and decriminalization work together to achieve the desired effect of reducing abuse and reducing crime associated with banned recreational substance. They have only reduced the problem within their border. They share no common border with any nation that produces banned popular substances.

The USA needs to do the right thing for its own people first, and that means recognizing the historic fact that millions of its citizens prefer alternative substances to alcohol in order to relax and enjoy themselves. The extremely counterproductive policy of locking people up for the use of stupidly banned substances has only resulted in adding to the impoverished and criminal classes and caused untold suffering to millions of families for generations in the USA alone. The goal shouldn't be to meet law enforcement quotas or fill private prisons that pay kickbacks to politicians, just like it shouldn't be to prescribe opiates to receive kickbacks from Big Pharma. The goal should be to enhance the quality of life with as few restrictions as possible (that's what freedom is supposed to be about).

No one wants their children to do deadly drugs like meth, heroin, fentanyl or cocaine. But history has clearly shown us what policies don't work. Let folks kill themselves with the poison of their choice, but don't allow them to be a burden on taxpaying citizens. That's where legalization, regulation and taxation are essential to ending the cycle of misery and providing education that empowers people to better their lives.

But there's a whole lot of acculturated prejudice to get past first. And apparently it's still near impossible in the political arena of the USA and Mexico to even have an adult discussion on the matter, with the exception of people like Sen. Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jill Stein and like minded progressives.

Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin


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