Mexico: Fox says no ‘passes back’ drug legalization law to Congress
Oh well—- guess there won't be a sudden move to Mexico for those seeing a junkie haven in Mexico; looks like Vicente Fox will not sign drugs law passed by the Mexican Congress.
Under extreme pressure, Mexican President Vincente Fox backtracked on a previous pledge to sign a drug decriminalization bill into law.
Fox has sent the measure back to house for review, the new law could have dropped criminal penalties for possession of "small amounts" of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and other drugs.
Fox to lawmakers " Make the needed corrections to make it absolutely clear in our country, (mexico) the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense," in a statement.
U.S. officials had criticized the bill, saying it would encourage Americans to cross the border to get drugs. ( Don't they do that already? )
The "consumers" section in the rejected law would have exempted people from prosecution for drug possession; previously, the clause only applied to those who were addicted to drugs. "The word 'consumer' can be eliminated so that the only exemption clause would be for drug addicts,"
Sen. Jorge Zermeno of Fox's Conservative Action Party. "There's still time to get this through."
A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman, Judith Bryan, said that "U.S. officials expressed their opposition to legalization or decriminalization of narcotics in any country" and "urged Mexican representatives to review the legislation urgently, to avoid the perception that drug use would be tolerated in Mexico, and to prevent drug tourism." -Summerized from news reports/
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