Drug Czar Supports Decriminalization — In Mexico

Oct 27, 2008 , , ,

Dealing with White House drug czar John Walters increasingly feels like a trip into some sort of alternate universe. Last week he told The New York Times that he supports a Mexican government proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana or other illicit drugs. 

How shocking is that? Well, in a March 19, 2008, press release, deputy drug czar Scott Burns called a New Hampshire proposal to impose a $200 fine rather than jail time for possession of a small amount of marijuana “a dangerous first step toward complete drug legalization.”

Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s proposal is much more sweeping than the New Hampshire bill, applying not only to marijuana, but also to drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth. And there would be no fine at all, just drug treatment for those who are addicted or drug education for those who aren’t. And yet our drug czar told The Times, “I don’t think that’s legalization.”

Hypocrisy, thy name is John P. Walters.


5 responses to “Drug Czar Supports Decriminalization — In Mexico”

  1. OMG

    Has he REALLY started using his brain and conscience ?? This could be a good sign, hypocrite or not.

    I thought our Government would fight the proposed Mexican Decrim thing tooth and nail. Too humane and a non-enforcement moneymaker. Good to see that simple users and addicts will be treated like humans in Mexico rather than thugs.

    Wow. I’ll be doing some head scratching on this one.

  2. I’m so confused.
    Maybe Mr Walters is starting to realize he’s been wrong all this time? Maybe?
    I’m thrilled that Mexico is finally giving people a smidge of freedom on this but, damnit, when is it going to be OUR turn for a little freedom????

  3. that is seriously a brilliant way to cut down drastically on trafficking, which would in turn take away a lot of the violent crimes: murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, etc. but there’s no way that would ever happen here

    looks like other countries are getting the message way before we ever will

  4. ummm what next pigs can fly?lol this is too weird.

    what about in puerto rico any amount is up to 3 years in prison any ammount that aint fair.it should be legalized.

  5. I think Raven asked the right question –

    When is it OUR turn for a little freedom [ and REAL justice ]?

    I was so shellshocked by Walters comment that my thought train got derailed and didn’t get to that logical conclusion/question.

    I’d also wondered why the ONDCP hadn’t been butting in on Massachusetts decrim proposal after hearing them rail against mmj in Michigan.

    One concern I have is that if enforcers leave the users alone and concentrate on supply, it’s a semi-good thing, but it might mean a lot more “dry spells”.

    That’s still better than jail/prison and a ruined life for mere users though.

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