What could have been a bold move towards freedom has been squashed by neoprohibitionists in the United States. Both houses of the Mexican Congress had passed a bill to legalize small quantities of most recreational drugs, and Mexican President Fox was expected to sign the bill. However, the Republicans have stepped to the plate to ensure freedom is squashed in yet another country. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders virtually declared war on Mexico with this one:
“I view this as a hostile action by a longtime ally of the U.S.,” Sanders said at a City Hall news conference.
They also accused Mexican officials of trying to turn Tijuana into a tourist mecca for druggies — one which would cause millions of marijuana junkies to turn into pickpockets and whores on the San Diego streets:
“Legalizing these drugs is certainly going to have a spillover effect in San Diego,” said Damon Mosler, head of narcotics at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
“It means they’ll be importing people who want to do drugs, and exporting those who need the financial wherewithal to continue to do those drugs they’ve become addicted to,” he said.
As one might expect, the weasel-like DEA Administrator Karen Tandy popped her head out of her hole, as well:
President Vicente Fox’s government has been bombarded with questions over the past five days from U.S. and Mexican officials who worry that Mexico is backing away from drug enforcement.
Karen Tandy, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, met yesterday in Mexico City with Public Security Minister Eduardo Medina-Mora.
The MSM has been reporting that Fox was expected to sign the bill. So from CNN:
Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill Wednesday, hours after U.S. officials warned the plan could encourage “drug tourism.”
Fox sent the measure back to Congress for changes, but his office did not mention the U.S. criticism.
“Without underestimating the progress made on the issue, and with sensitivity toward the opinions expressed by various sectors of society, the administration has decided to suggest changes,” according to a statement from his office.
Fox said he will ask “Congress to make the needed corrections to make it absolutely clear in our country, the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense.”
It was bad enough when Bill Clinton had to ask Hillary if he could use his own balls. Now it seems that George Bush has that same power over Fox’s manhood.