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23K Dead Since Mexico Legalized Drugs

From the Miami Herald:

Police forensic experts load into trucks the bodies of at least six men that were found dead in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Tuesday April 13, 2010.

As death toll in drug war rises, Mexicans short of facts and trust

May 2, 2010

MEXICO CITY — As the death toll has climbed from drug-related violence in Mexico, it’s fallen largely to newspapers to keep the count.

Two weeks ago, a government report that legislators leaked spoke of 22,700 deaths over little more than a three-year period, a far higher body count than the 18,000 or so given by El Universal, a leading newspaper.

President Felipe Calderon’s aides won’t confirm the report, and some political analysts have seized on the lack of transparency as an element in the Mexican leader’s difficulties in rallying the nation in the campaign against heavily armed narcotics syndicates…

Immediately after Calderon came to office in late 2006, he deployed up to 50,000 troops in a frontal battle with narcotics cartels, a move that drew widespread praise for its courage. More than three years later, the pace of killings is soaring and public security worries are beginning to affect the tourism industry, which employs nearly one out of eight Mexicans

How is this possible? Even though our watchdog media barely reported it, Mexico legalized the personal use of such ‘harmless drugs’ as marijuana, LSD, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth almost a year ago.

And, in point of fact, these drugs have been decriminalized in Mexico for several years. From the archives of the Associated Press:

Mexico Legalizes Drug Possession

August 21, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico enacted a controversial law on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging government-financed treatment for drug dependency free of charge.

The law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution; the law goes into effect on Friday.

Anyone caught with drug amounts under the personal-use limit will be encouraged to seek treatment, and for those caught a third time treatment is mandatory — although no penalties for noncompliance are specified.

Mexican authorities said the change only recognized the longstanding practice here of not prosecuting people caught with small amounts of drugs.

The maximum amount of marijuana considered to be for “personal use” under the new law is 5 grams — the equivalent of about four marijuana cigarettes. Other limits are half a gram of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams for methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams of LSD.

President Felipe Calderón waited months before approving the law.

And from a similarly elated Time Magazine:

Mexico’s New Drug Law May Set an Example

By Ioan Grillo / Mexico City

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

No dreadlocked revelers smoked celebratory reefers in the streets, no armies of conservatives protested, the Mexican media raised no hullabaloo. Quietly and with little ado, Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth. Anyone caught in Mexico with two or three joints or about four lines of cocaine can no longer be arrested, fined or imprisoned. However, police will give them the address of the nearest rehab clinic and advise them to get clean.

Most surprising was how easily and painlessly the reform slipped into Mexican law. The bill was originally filed in October by President Felipe Calderón, a social conservative who is waging a bloody military crackdown on drug cartels. Congress then approved the bill in April — as Mexico’s swine-flu outbreak dominated media attention. And finally the law went into the books without any major protests either in Mexico or north of the border.

Washington’s silence on the issue is telling. In 2006, Mexico’s Congress approved a bill with almost exactly the same provisions. However, the Administration of George W. Bush immediately complained about the measure and then President Vicente Fox refused to sign it into law. In contrast, officials of the Obama Administration have been decidedly guarded in commenting on the new legislation. When asked about it in his visit to Mexico last month, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said he would "wait and see."

Many view such a change as evidence that Washington is finally reconsidering its confrontational war on drugs, four decades after Richard Nixon declared it. "There is a growing opinion that the use of force has simply failed to destroy the drug trade and other measures are needed," says Mexican political analyst José Antonio Crespo. "It appears that the White House may be starting to adjust its approach."

So what has happened south of the border since this ‘model’ law has been enacted, and in the years since these drugs have been effectively decriminalized?

There has developed an out and out war among drug dealers that have killed more than “22,700 deaths over little more than a three-year period” – during which drugs have been for all intents and purposes legalized?

Indeed, the ferocity of this drug war has forced even the open borders lobbyist Lindsey Graham to re-think his push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

And yet for years we have been told by our media masters and a thousand George Soros fronts that legalizing these harmless recreational drugs would solve everything. There would be a huge reduction in crime. Our prisons would be emptied.

What happened? How come it didn’t turn out that way in Mexico? It was supposed to set the example for the US and the rest of the world on how to handle the drug problem?

And how come everyone has pretended not to notice Mexico’s “example”?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “23K Dead Since Mexico Legalized Drugs”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    Where profits literally do grow on trees (metaphor) and plantation owners are back in style.

    Hollywood learned long ago that controlling distribution is the key. Just as the Democrats learned to control distribution of money they steal from taxpayers. The Federal Reserve and its ownership is an excellent example of controlling distribution.

    The war in Mexico is an all war for control of distribution.

    Exactly like Afghanistan.

  2. proreason says:

    Maybe Mexico could use some help writing some better laws to regulate the trade of recreational drugs.

    Just look at the miracles that better regulation has produced in our country since the massive deregulation of the bushhitler years has been reversed.

  3. retire05 says:

    I want to help Steve out and explain to all of you what is happening here, as well as in Mexico. So please, bear with me.

    When the Colombia drug cartels were really coming into power, with Pablo Escabar heading the Medellin cartel, routes into the U.S. had to be established. Those routes ran right through Mexico. In order to establish those routes, local, state and federal Mexican officials had to be bought and paid off so that they would look the other way. In the mid-’80’s, American born Kiki Camerena, former Marine and DEA agent, was sent to Mexico to ferret out the drug trade and reveal what Mexican hiarchy were involved in the running of Colombian drugs through Mexico. Kiki’s torture, and death, made international news and even though Mexico was reluctant to help with the investigation, it finally lead all the way to the top, including the brother-in-law of the Mexican president. It was easy money for Mexican officials. They really didn’t have to get their hands dirty, all they had to do was look the other way.

    The U.S. along with the Colombian government, took on the drug cartels. Escobar was getting strong competition from the Cali Cartel, and there was a war raging on between the two cartels for the drug trade that ran through Mexico. What Colombia then saw was the same violence, and killings, that Mexico is now seeing. Escobar was killed, the Cali cartel took over and it was not until 2006 that the Cali cartel was finally broken up.

    But the lesser players in the cartels didn’t just pack up and go home. They moved to Mexico. Lesser leiutenants, who knew the drug trade business, already had the Mexican routes established, and the Mexican government officials were already on the take. No problem. And as these lesser players, who were already established because of the Medellin and Cali cartels, splintered off, smaller cartels were established, in Mexico.

    Now we have the same drug wars in Mexico as we saw in Columbia. Smaller cartels all trying to establish their territories, and their power control, the same way the Colombian cartels did, through violence, kidnappings and murder. Now it is sitting outside our door.

    Mexico is corrupt. Calderon is trying to use the military to control the violence, knowing that the government itself is loaded with those on the take from the various mini-cartels operating in Mexico, but the military is not much more honest. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that agents have been held at gun point by Mexican federalies who were supporting drug runners. And the outrage over those incidents in the MSM has been non-existant.

    It is only a matter of time that the same operators, trained and organized by former Colombian drug runners, move across the Rio Grande. That is what is happening in Arizona.

    And while politicians, with visions of vote in their eyes due to the lax restrictions because of the Motor Vote Act, will slam Arizona, the truth of the matter is that no one is talking about the attitude of Mexicans toward law enforcement and the absolute corruption in the Mexican government. The average Mexican has the same attitude toward law enforcement as did the average Colombian; do not trust, keep your mouth shut and your head down. Those are the same people, along with the drug lords, that are coming into our nation across a very porous border.

    Arizona knows this, even if our federal government wants to deny it and opportunistic politicans want to play it as a race card. And until our government gets serious about sealing our borders, this cancer is only to going to spread.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Read RED COCAINE


      R05 is correct in his analysis, but it’s like coming in on Chapter 38 of the book.

      To really really really understand the Narco-Economy you need to grasp the China Trade here in America, which was a euphemism for opium. Out of the Northeast sailed the great Yankee trading families, and their business was opium. These same scion families, with their opium profits endowed Yale, Harvard and most of the Ivy League colleges … even as they spoke of God, spreading Christianity, missionary schools and the vision of Western Civilization. People like that … who can trade for opium on the one hand and fund missionaries with the other are so demented and twisted … well …

      There’s zero chance, let me repeat, absolutely Zero Chance those families abandoned a business where money literally grows on trees. Until you really come to grips with that, you cannot unmask the osobouris of the drug trade. The people at the center of the Narco-Economy are inside our national house.

      These families are the shadow government today. The power behind the Democratic Party. The elite untouchable Yankee families.

      This is where Follow The Money leads.

      Pablo Escobar, Calderon and whoever takes their place are knights and rooks on the chessboard of the Narco-Economy. They’re not the Kings and Queens.

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Great analysis retire05!

    We are breathlessly awaiting the same fun and frivolity here in the Republik of Kalifornia when they legalize pot (and don’t make any money off the taxes).
    Police have no reliable field equipment for determining THC intoxication of drivers.

    The criminal invasion from those “only trying to improve their lives and access opportunity” was evident in the numbers of anti-AZ protesters (and attackers and vandals) seen this last week.
    The guy who broke into your car was “only trying to improve their lives and access opportunity”!
    Same with the guy who raped your neighbor, or killed your cousin.
    They still broke the law and deserve to be punished.

    Now we will see more of them.

  5. JS says:

    Small amounts of possession has been legalized but in general the production and distribution of the drugs mentioned above are still, by and large, illegal in Mexico.

    Also, the largest consumer of illegal drugs is the USA. I for one am tired of the billions of dollars we have spent on the “War on Drugs”. It is time we start looking at other options because I believe that no honest person can claim that since Nixon declared war on drugs in the 1970s we have made one bit of progress. Drugs are more pentiful and cheaper then at any time before and this country only increases it efforts with little to show for it.

    I for one would say the USA’s war on drugs is mostly to blame for the narco state of Mexico. Our money, as consumers, has paid for it.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I agree. The 40 year war on drugs…..THE DRUGS WON!

      As per usual, when the gov’t does something the opposite effect is more likely. We have more drugs now than ever! And the Dept. of Energy designed to limit our dependence on foreign oil? Well, about 30+ years later, we are even more dependent.

      If you want to screw up your brain on drugs/ alcohol, GOOD. but don’t apply for social security, welfare, or organ transplants when you are sick and can’t get a job.

    • David says:

      A war where we are not allowed to bomb or shoot anybody is set up for failure.

  6. canary says:

    Look at the insanity of what Obama started in the greatest heroin producer in the world, Afganistan, which is the Terrorists primary source of income. It goes to pay for their weapons, world travel and expanding the muslim’s religion to the most rapid growing faith & mosques, terror cells, in the entire world. The Afgan police our U.S. soldiers train are all on drugs, and end up shooting us. The people are all addicted down to blowing it into their babies to help them sleep. Maybe, the middle-easterners diet of poppy is what makes them all nuts, stupid, vicious animals.
    Obama knows the Afgan government he is aiding is the biggest cartel.
    Russia is angry at Obama because he stopped destroying the poppy, as Bush did, and Russians addicts have sky rocketed.
    The U.S. either leaves their fields, or packs and ships it to who know wheres.
    Point is our U.S. Soldiers are being killed more than ever jeopardized by Obama’s new rules of engagement. Our U.S. soldiers are in the epic center of the most dangerous drug cartel game in the world, serving monsters who are on the terrorists side. Obama puts our soldiers last.
    You can’t say it’s Obama’s stupidity that empathy and love will when the terrorists over. Obama is only capable of serving himself. And he wants a place to go and live the high life, when he’s done ruining America, the object of his life-long hate.

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