Cocaine use might be fairly widespread pretty much wherever you travel, but the fact is that it’s still illegal all over the world and if you get caught with even a slight amount, then you could be heading to jail.
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Times might be changing though after this report emerged from Mexico, where a judge in Mexico City granted two people the right to use cocaine recreationally. It allows them to possess, transport and use the drug but not sell it. Only these two people have the right and this was granted at the drug’s discretion and doesn’t apply to anyone else in the country which is a bit weird, but hey?
No real reason was given as to why the judge decided to make this decision, but it’s thought that it’s indicative of the country’s desire to move away from the strict prohibitionist drug policies that have apparently led to over 250,000 people dying at the hands of cartels since they began their war on drugs in 2006. Not really sure what is so special about these two people either, but I guess it’s a start.
Campaign group MUCD wants to end the country’s ‘war on drugs and welcomed the news, issuing the following statement:
This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow (Mexico) to redirect its security efforts and better address public health.
We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.
This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalising drug users and designing better public policies that explore all the available options.
I mean it doesn’t sound like the strict approach is working over there so it’s probably time to start looking at other options. They are apparently already looking at legalising marijuana and to be honest it probably would sort out the horrendous organised crime problem they have over there if they just legalised all drugs under government regulation. I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon, but I suppose this case is fairly landmark in that it might be the start of some steps in the right direction. Probably gonna take at least 100 years to sort out though.
For more of the same, check out these dealers who are now offering cocaine loyalty cards. Nice one.