David Kirkpatrick

July 25, 2010

This is one …

Filed under: et.al., Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:20 am

jaw-dropping statistic.

From the link:

Nearly 25,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico since the government launched an offensive against cartels in late 2006.

So um, how is that North American “war on drugs” going again?

August 22, 2009

Mexico decriminalizes drugs …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:52 am

… in personal use quantities. The first recent drug policy action taken in the Western Hemisphere that actually makes sense. Hopefully this a start of a changing dynamic that leads to an end of the absolutely disastrous “war on drugs” on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

And begins to put an end to murderous black marketeers working in both nations.

From the link:

Mexico decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin on Friday—a move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the government’s grueling battle against drug traffickers.Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico’s corruption-prone police from extorting casual users and offers addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.

“This is not legalization, this is regulating the issue and giving citizens greater legal certainty,” said Bernardo Espino del Castillo of the attorney general’s office.

The new law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution.

March 12, 2009

Weekly roundup from the Cato Institute

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:05 pm

Another post fresh from the inbox. This week’s Cato Institute dispatch:

Head below the fold for the details. (more…)